Kids are extraordinary every day. It’s not just the big momentous occasions, like graduating from elementary school, or the huge milestones, like learning to walk on their own. Every day, our kids do things that make them extraordinary.
That’s my son Ryan in the picture above. He’s 6 years old and just finished kindergarten. When Ryan was 3 1/2 he started taking speech therapy classes because we couldn’t understand probably about 90% of what he was trying to say. It was frustrating for him & frustrating for us. In the 2 1/2 years since he started taking those speech classes, the changes I have seen in him have been amazing. There might be words here & there that I have to ask him to repeat because I’m not sure what he said but other than that, his speech has improved immensely. Ryan was also tested by a doctor to see if he is autistic. While he isn’t on the spectrum, he does qualify for a lot of resources and special classes at school. Over the last year and a half of being in these special classes and then transferring into a typical kindergarten classes, the changes in him, his behavior and how he interacts with his peers is amazing.
But, it’s the small things every day that I see him do that make me so proud. Watching him share toys with his sister, talking to a friend at school (when a year ago, he would have completely ignored them and not had a conversation with them at all), being able to transition from one activity to another without a meltdown, sitting and playing with LEGOs and be able to create things from a book that would have made him so frustrated before but is now something he loves doing. He truly is extraordinary!
Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford know how extraordinary our kids all are and want to celebrate that with us. Stanford Children’s Health is the largest Bay Area healthcare provider (doctors can be reached within 10 miles of most homes in the San Francisco Bay Area), exclusively focusing on kids & expectant women. You can share your love and pride of your kids by creating a personalized video that shows what makes them truly extraordinary. I made one for my son Ryan (you can see it HERE) and it truly made my heart soar to see the words and pictures come to life in the video (I admit it, I teared up!) Your kid is extraordinary. Show them how much you enjoy every moment together by creating a special video of your own!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.