Sunday, August 18, 2013

Autism Answer: And now he's Swimming

Declyn (my youngest son) is thirteen years old and despite the truth that we spend all summer, every summer, hanging with family near pools, lakes and oceans, he has never been comfortable in water. He watches from the sidelines, tossing toys and hollering additions to the playful banter, until the fact that he is not actually part of the group drives him indoors--or begging to go home.

This summer, however, his young three year old girl cousins (twins) have asked him to join them, and every time-- he does! As the older one he feels comfortable learning in-front of them while pretending he enjoys pool play. And now he does enjoy pool play! 

Yesterday, Declyn asked the twins if they wanted to swim. His idea, his joy

Letting our kids choose when they are ready to try new things-- while always encouraging and setting them up to succeed--is a beautiful way to watch them blossom!! 

Sometimes as a mom I feel like my job is to give my kids opportunities, encouragement and time. And then, just get out of their way!!

Sipping coffee all the while!!!

I hope you have all had a fabulous summer filled with fun, learning's... and coffee!!!

Hugs, smiles and love!!!

My darling Declyn. Just hanging out by the pool....
After swimming for over an hour!!!