Contagious Joy!

Parenting is hard work.   Adding an element of any disability in parenting poses extra challenges.  In addition, there are also extra blessings.   One of them is the life lessons that unfold before your eyes.  I encountered one of these “life lessons” the other day.

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When Tristan was very young I use to keep him in arms reach in an effort to keep him engaged with people.   He would help me around the house.   I later realized it benefited him in many other ways. (following directions, completing tasks, feeling accomplished, etc.) I observed over time that he thoroughly enjoys doing “chores.”  He is the one person I know that does not dread completing them.

The other month I invited him to help me wash the dishes.  I told him he could rinse them.   He LOVED it!   He was smiling ear to ear.   He thought it was “water play” not work.  We completed an activity together.   I have pondered on his joy and how contagious it was.

Thank you, Tristan, for the life lesson on joy!