Words I could not believe I was hearing.
Thirty years of working with children allows many interesting scenarios to accumulate, resurfacing to temper future situations. We learn from experience what we want to repeat and what we want to avoid.
Children are a puzzle with morphing pieces which make the picture a challenge to form. A picture that will not be completed as a product but as a process with many successful constructions along the way.
Reflect on your own life. There have been settled times of harmony and unsettled times of dischord. Growth requires change and transition.
Our job as parents is to support our children as they grow, keep them safe and find a balance between a safety bubble and reality. The ultimate parenting challenge.
Back to “Stop licking the van”. Anyone with a child who has oral sensory issues can realte to a child who seemingly puts everything in their mouth. A close eye, as well as ruling out a nutritional deficiency and strategies to satisfy the oral need are all necessary.
The youngster licking the van was on a field trip, had an idle moment and needed an oral “fix”. I ran into him years later at a high school event. He was over licking vans!