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Thursday, April 29, 2021

This is a photo of my middle son as a young child. Can you tell he was my mischievous one? He was always finding ways to get into trouble.
WHen I was teaching second grade, I noticed several of the children had trouble learning each year. I went back to school and got my Master's degree in SPecial Education so I could help those students.

As my middle son grew, I noticed he had difficulties with some things. For one thing, if we asked him to go upstairs, to get dressed and to make his bed. He would go upstairs and start playing with his toys. He never got to the second thing. My husband thought he was being lazy or disobedient. I thought he had just forgotten.

WHen he started school, this became more of a problem. He began to struggle. IN elementary school, when he stayed with one teacher, he coped. WHen he got to middle school, he fell apart. He was in trouble all of the time. He was easily distracted. I was always being called in to the school.
ONe day I had enough. I asked he be evaluated by the child study team. The school district was very thorough. they went above and beyond to find out what his issues are. The result is that he has an auditory processing problem.
Having this information helped us come up with an educational plan to help him do his best. He carried this plan through college graduation. He graduated from college with honors.

As we began the process of helping him through the remainder of middle school and high school, I learned some things about him.
First of all, he can only do one thing at a time. If he has an assignment with multiple parts, he has to have them written down in a list form in order to remember them. He can then tick them off one at a time and see what he needs to do next.
Second I learned if something looks too hard, he will not even attempt it.

I started breaking down those hard things into small steps. He built up his confidence because he was able to complete the small steps one at a time. He learned not to give up.

I had to learn that small step lesson myself when it comes to this lifestyle healthy journey. WHen I look at how far I have to go, I want to give up.

But Spark Guy has taught me that if I can make a small step every day, I can do this.
If I can break my journey into small steps which are achievable, I can gain confidence. I can feel a sense of success.
WHen I mess up, I no longer feel like I should just give up. I know I can take a small step and get back on track.
Those small steps add up.
We can do this. One small step at a time.
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