Aug 21, 2015

Bike Riding Reward

Liam has had a phenomenal couple of days at school.  I'm not sure if it's getting lucky or if he's really starting to turn around.  I know that age can play a factor.  As the kids get older they mature and learn how to use more self control, or at least have a better understanding.  Bribing helps us tremendously. Since the first day of school, July 30th, he had hit a child or a teacher or showed some sign of aggression every day.  Yesterday and today have been awesome!  He was actually "normal" in class.  He was focused, he followed directions, kept his hands and feet to himself, and refrained from using any kind of aggressive verbiage.  The teacher leaves daily notes in his notebook (positive and negative) that I have to sign off on and send back.  She had nothing but great things to say.  I must be a big sap because I cried two days in a row over this good news!  She's also been sending me pictures of him in class through text.  His teacher is AMAZING!  I couldn't ask for a better person to care for Liam.  So, for good behavior, he was able to do something he really wanted to do...ride his bike around the neighborhood.  Something so simple seemed to get his attention.  I try to use rewards as much as possible to help him grow and work towards goals.  Bike riding appeared to be the "it" reward this time.  I am hoping for the best going forward.  I don't want to jinx anything, but I have a good feeling about his progression.   At least at the moment.

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

And then bad things happen when you least expect it.  But it's always nice to have a sweet brother to come to your rescue and give you comfort when you need it the most.

"Follow me, brother."

Liam has this weird thing that if he sees grass on the ground he has to walk his bike through it.

Train Set

Liam is still in love with trains cars and train sets.  He has been a big fan since he was a baby.  Sometimes he likes to sit in the sunshine and play while I work in the yard.  I looked over my shoulder to see what all of the racket was about and noticed that he had piled his train set in his arms while trying to get out the door.  He was determined to get that thing outside!  He asked me, "Mommy, can you sit with me while I play?"  He loves the company.  He would be absolutely content just to have someone close by.  But as soon as I move to go inside, he follows.  He can't stand to be alone.  I told him I would watch him for a little while before I had to go back inside to finish cleaning the house.  He was so happy and in his own world sitting there.  So cute!

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

Aug 18, 2015

More Soccer

Landon is loving soccer!  He told me in the car one day after practice that he may even like it more than baseball.  Doh!  I knew he would be a good match for the sport since he has a lot of energy and he's constantly having to focus.  Soccer can wear you out with all of the moving you have to do!  I'm so happy he is finding things that he really likes to do.  There's nothing worse than putting a child in something that they dread and then having to hear about it daily.  So far, so good.  We will see how the rest of the season goes.

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

Funny story:  I was standing at the fence watching Landon when a little someone came up to me to tell me he had to pee.  The bathrooms were pretty far away to take him, which he knew, so the next thing he does is go behind our car and pull his pants down!  I didn't know whether to laugh, die of embarrassment, or take a picture.  Well, I did the latter (and maybe chuckled a little).  When you have to go, you have to go.  There's no time to waste!