As I work my way through the last year of writing this blog, I find deciding on the theme for the month becoming more challenging than when I started the blog four years ago.
This is actually a good thing because it means my “walker” may actually be “waking” to the real world around him. The teenage brain fog is lifting, allowing my Son to get out of his head and be in-tune to his environment.
I’m thrilled because this is key to finding success in college, which will be the next leg of his developmental journey.
Not saying we don’t still have challenges and there is some regression here and there, he is a teenager after all.
The good thing is there have been definite signs of growth over the course of the four years I’ve been writing this blog. My Son is discovering whom he is and has gotten comfortable in his own skin.
He is also starting to look to the future with excitement and gets that his actions now have a bearing on how that future plays out.
In addition, he gets that he will no longer have Mom as a buffer and has to get better at being “independent” in all areas, not just some. Just the fact that he acknowledges there are areas he needs to work on is a huge step.
This all sets up for his success in the future which is all I hope and pray for.
Parenting is a challenging job and all too often over the years I have second guessed myself, so seeing positive results at this point in our journey is very gratifying.
I have no doubt that college will put before us a whole new set of challenges, but for now I will bask in the sunshine of my walker’s awakening.
So, during this the month of “Thanksgiving” when we all pause to count our blessings and ponder all we are grateful for, I most certainly can say I am joyous my “walker” is showing signs of “waking.”
I am also eternally grateful for all who have stood by, and continue to stand by, my side. Offering not only support, but also guidance. As a single parent I have never had a partner as a sounding board or buffer, it has been just me, facing some difficult decisions, so having access to outside council has been my saving grace.
Without it, I’m not sure we would be where we are in this journey.
As they say, it takes a village to raise a child, and I have most definitely accessed mine and am beholden to all.
With my Son continuing to work on his driving skills in preparation for taking his driver’s test in hopes of getting his license, I am beyond thankful that he is “waking” and feel blessed that he did not rush into this extremely serious and responsible step prematurely.
Just like every other parent though, I can’t help but worry, praying that he does not relapse into “walker” mode while he is driving.
This however is a “theme” for another month. I want to hang onto the euphoria of my “walker waking” for as long as I can.
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