Happy Blogaversary to me!
It’s been four years since I started this blog.
When I started, Fluffy was three—nearly four, but still. In less than a month, he’ll be eight.
Meanwhile, I haven’t aged a day.
What have I learned?
- Start a Son-Rise program and recruit volunteers.
- Hire someone for pay when no one wants to work for free.
- Do RDI faithfully.
- Except when you’re not.
- Feed my son a GFCF diet.
- Drop the diet after 9 months after many out-of-body baking experiences.
- Feed my son digestive enzymes like breath mints.
- Give them up.
- Do OT.
- Take it up again, this time with a sensory specialist.
- Fire her ass and get someone with a working heart.
- Begin a HANDLE program.
- Stop doing the exercises.
- And then work closely with a homeopath.
- Until you stop going.
- Homeschool using Enki.
- Drop Enki.
- Pick Enki back up but this time, only a few threads at a time.
- Flounder again.
- Find The Nurtured Heart Approach.
The best piece of advice I can offer after all this time is this:
Never add the recommended amount of milk when making mac & cheese from a box. It will be soupy and your child will reject it. Frankly, anyone would.
Remember when I reported that I read and cuddled with Fluffy at night and then kissed him goodnight and left him alone to peacefully fall asleep on his own? Many many months ago? And how well it was working?
Then things changed: we moved and then moved again and before you knew it, we were back to lying in bed in the dark for hours until he fell asleep, only this time, Dave and I were taking turns which meant we never spent an evening together.
We felt like Oprah, once sleek and 165, then zrooomph, back up to 200 pounds. How did it happen?
We’re back at it, Nurtured Hearting it this time. So far, he’s done it two nights in a row. Sure, it was after 10:30 by the time he was asleep but he did it and there was no drama, just countless walks back to his room and a stream of positive observations and much pride.
I'm not sure I'm a resolution gal anymore but here is my parenting/teaching plan for 2009:
I’m not giving energy to negativity.
I’m giving tons of energy to success.
Who knows? It may even work its magic on me.