Duckie has *always* struggled with me teaching her any skill. She gets very defensive and usually has a meltdown during those times when I simply must work with her. This means that we've missed countless opportunities to work on projects such as crafts, sewing, cooking. I've had to limit myself to parenting Duckie and allow others in her life help her with the finer points along the way. It's hurt to do this, but I recognize that she's not going to learn much when melting down. So... on Monday the program aides in her unit at GS camp were teaching the girls how to make boondoggle between other projects. Duckie didn't understand it and brought her boondoggle cords home in defeat. I found it tonight and started to quietly work on it. Duckie comes and sits down next to me and explains that she couldn't figure it out. I told her it was pretty complicated and kinda tough for a kid her age (I didn't bring up her fine motor problems). I told her to watch carefully as I did a few stitches and then maybe I could help her to do a few. I'm pleased to report that she's now able to do boondoggle. I'm very proud of my little girl.