Friday was Track and Field Day. T crushed and won his races, including the 1500m and 800m.
Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, the hubby, T and I participated in the final session of the SNAP program, which we participated in to build skills to make better choices and co-regulate with T when moments get tough.
While the program added to our full schedules, we are thankful for the 13-week journey together.
We learned and relearned great tips and the tools are making a difference – such as the sticker chart we’re using to help T get through routines he struggles with, like getting ready for school.
Parents often roll their eyes at sticker charts. But it’s working for us. If it takes rewarding T with up to $5 a week to get through routines, it’s a steal!
The SNAP staff have been wonderful – and so have the other families – and the wrap up party was a nice way to celebrate us making it to the end.
There were cupcakes, chips, completion certificates, speeches and a visit from SNAP the Dragon.
As the weather gets warmer, I’m feeling astounded the school year is nearing its end.
It’s been a year of ups and downs but I’m hopeful we will have a strong finish.
We’re so thankful for the supports we’ve had, including his CYW who has made such a difference and helped T made so many gains.
The excitement for Track and Field Day was palatable.
In the days leading up to Friday, and the morning of when I did school drop off, we reminded T it’s important that he tries his best and to have fun.
We reminded him to pace himself in the runs – to not burn out in the beginning, to take a steady pace, and then charge to the finish.
His CYW texted us excited photo and video updates throughout the day.
It was heart-filling to see T give every activity a good try, from shotput to hurdles and long jump.
He exceeded expectations when he won all his races, including the 800m and 1500m runs.
My heart felt warm hearing his CYW proudly cheering him on as he neared each finish line.
I could see the look of pride on T’s face as he made it to the end.
Life is often a series of starts, restarts, and endings – and with each end, a new beginning.
On this day, it was about strong finishes – a reminder of the many gifts this awesome boy has. I hope he sees and feels it too – and I hope others in his school do as well.
I hope T soaks in this positive energy and confidence boost – and that they springboard him to wonderful new beginnings.