Friday, November 21, 2008

Kids Who Are Different

Kids Who Are Different

Here's to the kids who are different,
The kids who don't always get A's,
The kids who have ears twice the size of their peers,
And noses that go on for days...
Here's to the kids who are different,
The kids they call crazy or dumb,
The kids who don't fit, with the guts and the grit,
Who dance to a different drum...
Here's to the kids who are different,
The kids with the mischievous streak,
For when they have grown, as history's shown,
It's their difference that makes them unique.
--Digby Wolfe

I saw this posted at Smooth Stones Academy and just had to share. Probably one of the most difficult things for me in home schooling is that my children are not "prim and proper", they don't do things "by the book" and it's not because they are bad, naughty, stupid or dumb. They are unique individuals, each with different learning styles and challenges and much more energy than this old Mama can sometimes handle.

I thank God for my years of experience in pediatrics working with families with ADHD and learning disabilities and for my Husband who is a special education teacher for mild to moderate learning disabilities. These experiences have helped us to relax and not stress that our children are "different". Whenever we are stressed, it comes from the outside, not from within. The people who thing my children should be just like theirs, drive me crazy! The blessing in homeschool is that I am there to see my children blossom and the spark of creativity light in their eyes. They don't have to be shoved into a "box" or punished for disrupting a room of 30 children. I try my best not to break their spirit while maintaining discipline and trying to ward of chaos.

For my children, I have HOPE. They may be different than the other children in the world. But that's fine with me! :o)