This week has been more hectic than usual for us. Nick was sick, which is stressful, and we were trying to finish all the things on our lists before we left for Ireland. Throw in some birthday celebrations and friends visiting. It was a full week. Thursday we packed. Nick calls it “final packing day.”… Continue reading Expect the unexpected.
Years ago a very wise woman taught us that Nick was experiencing anxiety. We had no idea. For a short period of time, Dr. Susan Alling was a part-time caregiver for Nick. She taught us to recognize when increased anxiety was the underlying cause of his acting out behavior. In addition, she showed us techniques to use… Continue reading Make a list!
Today was a rough one. Nick was sick. It might turn out that he just has a cold, but that is the problem, we never know. He kept sneezing. I think that if I was watching our day today on a TV show, I might even think it was funny. It could be considered slap-stick humor. Nicks… Continue reading An up and down day.
Today I was reminded of another great truth by Nick. Arden, Nick and I were watching a local figure skating competition this afternoon. The competitors were not elite level skaters. Most of the kids were pre-teens who were at the beginning levels of competitive ice skating. There were lots of mistakes and falls. I was sitting… Continue reading “I like that dress.”
We all experience this. There is something that we need to do. We have agreed to it. Others are counting on us. It is looming and for many different reasons, we put it off and do other things instead. We know that there will be consequences that follow our procrastination, but we weigh those consequences against our choice… Continue reading Don’t Procrastinate, Just Do It!
Back in 1997 when Nick was 18, all the other kids were playing Nintendo video games. Nick especially liked Super Mario Brothers. He kept asking everyone if he could play with them. The kids were very competitive and liked to see who could reach the highest levels, while collecting items and not dying. They didn’t always… Continue reading Find a way to make it work.
Everyone needs to receive compliments, sincere compliments. In fact, Nick will often help us remember to compliment him. He will say, “I good, I got a hair cut. You see it.” or “you like my shirt, I handsome.” And then he smiles that big Nick smile when we agree with him. Sincere compliments can assist… Continue reading Lookin’ good.