26 August 2014

Caterpillar!

Just the other day, I posted an update on Bennett's development. And part of his delay, includes some issues with his fine motor skills. He's been working with a therapist in his school to help with his dexterity, but he's never ever been able to draw, color, or write very well. Nor has he ever shown any kind of real interest in it. He mostly just scribbles for a second and then says he done.

Honestly, it's been kind of discouraging. It's hard for it not to be, because as his Mother, I want him to develop and continue to grow. But I mean, you can't force your child to do something they don't want to do, you can just encourage them and continue to give them opportunities to learn.

The other day, Bennett came running up to me with the Magna Doodle in hand, yelling "Mommy mommy, look!!!! It's a...."



And before he could finish his sentence, I said "it's a Caterpillar!!!" The smile on his face was priceless. And me?? I was absolutely blown away. It may seem silly and insignificant to some, because most 4 y/o have been drawing like this for a while now. But Bennett? I've never seen him draw, or even attempt to draw anything recognizable.

This was a huge moment for him. It's like something just clicked in his brain and he realized he could draw. I would be lying if I said I didn't tear up. Because I did. This kind of thing, though small, is a big milestone for him.

Children amaze me, they truly do. I think a lot of times, all they need is the confidence to do something, and they can do it.

What I'm trying to say, is these little milestones are completely worthy of a huge celebration. I don't think we realize how huge this kind of thing can be for a child's self confidence.

8 comments:

Chelle said...

Congrats!

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Jess Beer said...

Awesome job Bennett! It truly is the little things- I'd be so proud too!

Natalie said...

Way to go!!

Heather N said...

That is adorable! And you're doing a great job as his Mama, Mandy :)

Michelle said...

That is so awesome!! My son has sensory problems and singing is a big deal for him. He sang two lines of a song in the car the other day and I had the same reaction as you. I think it's so great that you recognize all his achievements, those words of encouragement mean so much to our little ones! :)

JenniferAStreet said...

Hey Mandy! So not gonna lie I just put up a blog post earlier today about my son doing a drawing an the amount of pride I have from something that may seem so small to others I had to giggle when I saw your super similar comments and post :) xoxo friend!

Kiara Buechler said...

That is really cool! Nice job B, and nice job Mama for getting it right!

Amanda Jillian B said...

That's awesome!