So here goes...
I Will Never Try To Teach My Autistic Son ...
3) That His Mom & Dad Aren't Cool
At the age of 11 is when most kids start rolling their eyes at their nerdy parents, right?. But I think Kyle still thinks
his mom & dad are cool. And I think we are still cool because he is somehow keeping us young. I've said before & I'll say again that for better or worse we've been kinda living like the movie "Groundhog Day" and raising a toddler for 9 years now. And when he was actually a toddler we were in our early thirties and we were cool. And that is where we are gonna stay. If he is gonna stay a toddler then we are gonna stay in our early 30s. And we're gonna eat dinner on the couch in front of the tv, and go out as often as possible, and try to live life to the fullest!
He's currently not very aggressive but we know that it could return at any time so why give him a sharper weapon? LOL :)
5) What Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny Are
Ok, so he may be too old for it now anyway. But he never really got it. And in the early days that made wifey and me sad. But if he never really got it, what are you gonna do? If he never really got it, then that probably means he's never gonna care about materialistic things. And I've written before that he's still thrilled to get the same 5-10 toddler books over and over and over. And he can take joy in playing with a toy in the packaging for months... and then when the toy is out of the packaging he is thrilled and treats it as if it's a new toy! :-)
In fact I think only recently has he made the connection that the remote controls the tv. So every once in a while when the tv is off or when we are watching one of our shows he will hand one of us the remote which is a huge step for him and something we are proud of. But his shows are almost always on, so I'm not sure I want him that adept at working the remote control anyway, especially when the Yankees are on...
We are a simple family. We are a Sesame Street, Dora, Jake's Big Music Show, Laurie Berkner family. We've had a DVR from before Kyle was born. We DVR all of his shows. So he doesn't know any of that other Nickelodeon or Disney Channel crap. And for that I am glad. I know way too many typical kids Kyle's age who are addicted to the Disney tween programming. I will not let that happen to my son! If he ever moves away from toddler programming I will graduate him directly to adult programming, starting with the classics like Seinfeld & 30 Rock! :-)
9) That He Can Easily Climb Over These Baby Gates
We still have a safety gate / baby gate at the top & bottom of our stair case and we have one on the door frame going into our home office. And no, Kyle doesn't yet have the fine motor skill to open either of these gates... but he is now way tall enough that he could easily climb over them. He's climbed over the home office gate a few times if he saw a toy or something he really wanted, but thankfully never the staircase gates. He some how still respects the gates and I don't see any reason ever to clue him in to the fact that he's tall enough to climb over. The day he figures that out I will be extremely proud & extremely scared... :-)
10) How To Lie
THIS ONE GOES TO 11!
Soon after this blog post came out, wifey helped me think of an 11th thing!
11) How To Dive Into the Pool
Many of you know that Kyle is a great swimmer. Or better yet, a great treader. He can tread water for hours. Anyway, a couple of years ago one of his swim instructors tried to teach him to dive into the pool, but it wasn't going very well and they put it aside for awhile... But now we are at a point where we don't want him to learn how to dive because we are not sure that he'll be able to differentiate between deep water and shallow water. And if he dives head first into shallow water... well that wouldn't be good at all. So, for now, I'm probably for ever, diving is off the table. The Special Olympics allows jumping in, right?
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