Thursday, January 23, 2003

New on Mothers with Attitude

Kathy Winters has graciously agreed to allow her poem "The Misunderstood Child," which made the rounds of some special-needs mailing lists yesterday, to be posted on Mothers with Attitude. It's an insightful look at the challenges of children with hidden disabilities. Read it and forward it to your own personal support groups.

My own personal misunderstood child is having a good week, even though yesterday saw him home sick from school with a fever and a cough. His behavior has been good since his very bad patch last week, and I'd like to believe it has something to do with the techniques I've been using from the book "Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach" (see Saturday's entry for more information). I'd like to believe it, and I'm almost scared to believe it, because transformation is not a bad word to use to describe the improvement in his attitude and willingness to cooperate, not every second and not without challenges, but in general and in surprising ways. Could it be this easy? Maybe not; he's been known to behave well when sick, so maybe it's some combination of fatigue and cough syrup that's making him more easygoing. It's a nice break, anyway.

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