Friday, August 30, 2013

The End of Summer

We had a great summer. Last year, I made the decision to keep Ben out of camp and home with us. We did it, with the help of Kim, who has been with our family since Ben was 4 years old. Each day, we planned some new adventure for the boys. We swam, hiked, picnicked, traveled, visited friends, watched movies and discovered the $1 ice cream sundaes at McDonald's way too late in the summer.

That's Logan and Ben is about to wake him up.

Logan and Sean liked having Ben around and Ben certainly seemed happier spending his time with us. Ben was engaged in the activities we did together. He observed activities and when he was ready, put himself right in the middle.

On days we wanted to stay home to relax, and Ben wanted to go out, Kim gave him a choice of activities. He often chose walking the mall or going to Imaginon, a large children's library. On most of those days, he also visited Dunkin' Donuts, TCBY, McDonald's and other tasty places.

If it weren't for Kim, I would not have made it through the summer. Rather, we would have made it, by staying at home watching videos all day long. Her help was invaluable. She challenged Ben, made sure he walked, made decisions and completed the activities he could do on his own. His walking in the pool improved because Kim expected him to walk back and forth many many times. (Unfortunately, it did not seem to tire him out all that much.)

The summer has come to a close. It is an easy decision to make for next summer - Three Musketeers together again. We would not have it any other way.

As for Kim...I don't dare ask her about her plans yet. She needs time to recuperate...and forget!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

And They Are Off!

Ben - 4th Grade

Logan - 3rd Grade

Sean - Kindergarten
No first day of school jitters here. Dressed and ready to go!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Making of Champions

My article in the Charlotte Parents' Exceptional Child Guide is out. Here it is on page 11. It does take a minute to load, so set it up, walk away and by the time you come back, you can scroll down to the page.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Unexpected Friendship

Someone sent this to me today - an article about teenage boys running races together and so much more: