Hallelujah to that statement you guys! I’m saying it again… Different does NOT mean Deficient. As many of you know, both of my boys have learning differences and those differences have surely put doubt in their minds about their true worth and what they are capable of.
Knowing they doubt themselves DRIVES ME CRAZY and makes me so sad. I struggle sometimes with how best to support them in having a positive self concept.
I care about the stories they tell themselves and how those stories express themselves in their lives. What we believe we become.
And the truth is, most of the time I observe happy, healthy, confident young men. But sometimes… when they come up against a challenge I’ll hear it…
“Oh, I can’t do that because I have ADD” or “I’m just not smart” or “My friends don’t have to go to these stupid therapies” or “Why can’t I be normal like others kids?”
By the way kids… normal is sooooo over-rated. And seriously… normal? Who’s normal?
Well… recently I came across a video by author Jonathan Mooney that inspired me and I wanted to share it with all of you.
I IMMEDIATELY watched it with my younger son and his face lit up like a light bulb.
If you have a child with a difference please WATCH THIS VIDEO and let me know if your heart exploded like mine did.
My son watched this with a friend of his sitting next to us. When the video was over his friend turned to him and said he thought his learning differences made him funny and creative.
Yes! Yes! Yes! Sure, learning differences make traditional school pretty uncomfortable, but his differences also contribute to him being funny, creative, kind, compassionate, loving… I could go on and on.
Consider this your daily dose of inspiration for the day!
And if you need a little more inspiration you can listen in to my podcast interview with author Debbie Reber titled…
Grateful to be on this path with you… messy differences and all!