Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Okay. Who Are You And What Have You Done With My Son?

I call it a miracle because I don't know what else to call it. God is hearing prayers being sent up on behalf of Mitchell. Since the meeting with the teacher, Mitchell has. had. no. homework. None. Nada. Zilch. He hasn't missed gym or computers, which is what was going to happen if his chatting kept up at the pace it was. He's been told once this week to cut the chatter. I'd say that's a huge improvement. More than I was expecting. I was hoping that he'd cut down on the chit chat by at least half after the first week. But he's almost cut it out of his day (at inappropriate times) completely. His teacher is encouraging him. We're encouraging him. He's feeling pretty good about himself and that's good.

He seems to be a happier kid, too. I don't think any of us realized how
unhappy he was as a result of getting in trouble in school day after day for talking excessively. But now I know. Peer relationships have improved. Cooperation levels at home have improved. Fighting with his brother has lessened. (The fighting has not completely disappeared, and I'm sure it never will.) And, believe it or not, I don't feel as stressed out about things either. The domino effect of this change has been amazing.

Okay, so I know it hasn't even been a week yet. But the fact that Mitchell has been able to keep this up for
this long is a great feat in itself. I have hope for him now, which honestly, I didn't have much of last week. And Mitchell keeps telling me that he's going to just keep up with this for the rest of the year, because he realizes how much better things are at school and home when he stays focussed on his schoolwork.

I'm giving credit to God for this breakthrough. But I'm also going to put in a little plug here for something called Omega 3. This is a supplement that my doctor recommends for kids to help with brain function. I started the boys on a daily regiment of this in Fall, but the claim that it was supposed to help their attention spans and concentration levels wasn't really proven in our home. However, after last week's struggles with Mitchell, I decided to increase the dosage and see if it helped. I think it has. Don't worry . . . they are still within the recommended dosage for their age. It's just that a few months back I was giving them the minimum dosage. Now Mitchell is getting the maximum and Ty's getting somewhere in-between minimum and maximum.

But again, I truly believe God has been working in my little boy. And I thank all of you for praying for us as we've been working through this. We are grateful that (for now), the ADD/ADHD probability is on the back burner.

1 comment:

Kristy said...

Praise God, Kimmy !!