Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Almost Speechless

Have you ever had someone tell you something so surprising and amazing that you were almost speechless? Something they are doing that was beyond my imagination.

This morning a person in my office told me what she was doing with with I write in my blog. She told me she was having her 10 year old stepson read my blog to help him with his reading skills and his comprehension. After he reads the blog she asks him what he thought I was trying to say and what he understands about my blog entry. She then says she has an opportunity to discuss what drugs and addiction does to a person and a family. She said she uses examples that he can relate too for his age level to help him understand the message. He is learning at that age to say NO.

I was completely amazed, touched and almost dumbfounded that she had found a way to create a message for a 10 year old boy from what I write in our blog.

Here is an e-mail I got to illustrate the message above.


****** and I looked at some of your latest updates today and he sees that the girlfriend took Alex back in. ******** ten year old mind thinks that is “not the right thing to do because he is probably just lying again” and she will just have to kick him out again soon. He bets it was “ real hard for Mom not to take the call” He further said he figured she was sad because of it. For what it’s worth, he thinks you are just trying to help Alex help himself by making him make his own decisions.I told him one day when he is offered drugs I hope he remembers how sad life becomes for those who don’t say “no”, and he said . He thought he would and it would be easy to say no. I told him it might not be so easy because of peer pressure. Then he told me. “ Alex only had to say no one time, that was the first time, and then he would have been okay”….Wow the thoughts from a child.

11 comments:

Jan said...

What an awesome idea! Your message transcends age and situations.. do not fool yourself. Your message is universal! ( Unfortunately, fortunate!)

LisaC said...

A moment of good that is derived out of many moments of despair.

Syd said...

I hope that he remembers the message as he ages. Reading and comprehending are awesome. I hope it sticks in his head for years to come.

Barbara said...

Amazing! I like what Lisa said - finding the good in heartache,frustration, worry, anger....and on and on...is not easy. BUT, you and Mom have found a way to do it and you do it well. Your blog has touched a lot of lives in a lot of ways.

Rita said...

A wonderful way of teaching a 10-year-old who then learns to think for himself. Conversation, pondering, interaction... It's all good. Great.

Rita

Language teacher from Finland :)

Dad 4 Truth said...

Could this be a new and effective approach to "prevention?" Of course, the parents' interaction is key. I read in a journal,the author (Ph.D.), said that parent's are pretty much through with parenting by the time their child reaches age 10! So why I am I still parenting my 35 yr. old? :)

jackandaisy said...

what an awesome post. i think anything you can do to keep the lines of communication way open about drugs for as long as possible is great.

daisy

Jane said...

I also do this with my 10 year old grandson,he has a chronic alcoholic father,my son,he has a pretty good insight to all his father,s behaviour etc even though he no longer resides with him, and as I see lots of things in him that makes me hope history will not repeat itself,only time will tell.Agree above why am I still parenting a 29 year old and trying to take care of myself,one day at a time.Thinking of you all.

Heather's Mom said...

I would be speechless too - trying to think - 10 years old - that's like 5th grade maybe? A great time to start a dialogue, awesome his comprehension level!
God bless.

Fractalmom said...

good idea

Tori said...

This takes away my fear of discussing drugs with my 12 year old. Thank you for sharing.