Michael loved Sesame Street when he was growing up. We always talked about time in Sesame Street time – i.e. I will be home in two Sesame Streets meaning two hours. One day I was in the kitchen while Michael was watching Sesame Street and he began to cry. I went into the living room and asked him what was wrong. He said that Big Bird wanted him to get up and dance with him and he couldn’t dance. I told him of course he could! I picked him up and we danced all over the living room swinging and twirling and he was laughing. This is the first time Michael realized he was different from others his age.
When we were done I put him down to continue watching his show and I went to my room and I cried. I knew I could never allow my son to feel like he was incapable of anything and I will not allow him to feel sorry for himself, but it did and still does hurt me. I have wished often that I could change places with him. I would do it in a second if it was possible. But the fact is, it isn’t. So what can I do for him? Teach him to think outside the box. Never let obstacles get in his way. Remember your child will take your cues and respond accordingly.
What next? Learn about the life as an infant.