Nathan made a comment tonight, "Zach looks good; his vitals are good; he's healthy, strong, and smart. Why do we worry if he wants a Pop Tart for dinner?"
This is a great question if you ask me. We spend so much time worrying about how our kids act, what our kids eat, what our kids watch and even how are kids fall asleep. Why? Why are we worrying so much about the things we think make them "normal"? Why don't we just enjoy them, let them be kids, let them enjoy life?
As much as the next kiddo they just want to be a kid. They want to play all day even if it's just on the floor with their piano and guitar. They want to eat Pop Tarts for dinner. They want to watch the same three episodes of a show 10 times in a row. They want to go down the slide (even if it is laying on their back) a 1,000 times. And sometimes they just want to cuddle with Mom and Dad until they fall asleep.
I know, I know it is very important to have discipline and structure for our kiddos, but there are some days that I just want to let Zach be a kid. I get tired of taking him from therapy to therapy, making him have to do everything on his own when it is so hard for him; making healthy food because just maybe that veggie (that he hates by the way) will help him focus somehow. If I get tired doing these things for and with him I can only imagine, as a child, how tired of it he gets.
I can't take Zach to the park or the pool or even our backyard and just let him run around and get all his kid energy out (Nathan likes to call it boy aggression). He has to work hard at every single task he preforms and that has to get exhausting. Just imagine everything you did in life took the energy of a full-on weight-lifting workout.
I love my little guy and I never want to do things that would cause him to not be his own person or to not be able to do things on his own. This being said, we will work, work, work to teach him the things he needs to learn for life but I wholeheartedly believe part of being a kid is doing what you want sometimes and throwing a fit if you don't get to.
So tonight, we are having Pop Tarts for dinner!!!
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