Simply amazing

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by Wiped Out, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I didn't post this earlier in the week because I didn't want to jinx things. difficult child started a day camp on Monday. He has done this camp before and they know him very well. They have always worked well with him. We picked him up on Monday and they said he had a great day, same thing for the rest of the week. Thursdays at this camp are a sleep-over (they go to a state park). We picked him up today and they said he had an incredible week. They were super impressed with him. Hard to believe, but they also said he had 0 behavior issues (at least it is super hard for me to believe). They said he was cracking kids up, appropriately and was hanging out with a couple of other guys.


    I think a big part of it was how excitedly the counselors greeted difficult child. Also, when they introduced him to the new counselor they told her difficult child was the senior person and could tell her how things were done. We left him that first day grinning ear to ear.

    Wish I could say we were seeing the same stuff at home-FAR from it but that's for another post that I am not sure I'm ready to write up. Right now I just want to enjoy that he a great week in some environment!
  2. keista

    keista New Member

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! So wonderful that things went well at camp.

    If things were going well at home too, then you'd spend all your time worrying when the other shoe would fall. Enjoy this.
  3. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    I'm delighted for you both. DDD
  4. Always nice when there's something positive, isn't it? I lap those little moments up like a dying woman would lick up a drop of water in the desert. Best of luck for next week!
  5. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    :bigsmile: Savor this moment!
  6. Malika

    Malika Well-Known Member

    That's really fantastic, Wiped Out. Could it also have been to do with the fact that he was somehow "in his element", in an environment where he wasn't going to fail or lag behind and where he was outdoors doing interesting/stimulating things? Just guessing here... :)
  7. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts

    Sharon, I'm tickled pink for you. What a wonderful week for difficult child.

    Like you, I'd be doubting it. Then I'd be wondering why not at home.

    Congrats to difficult child for all his good choices & behaviors at camp. Give difficult child a hug from this cyber auntie.
  8. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member


    I bet the "senior" comment was really an important piece of the difficult child puzzle - the week began with someone giving him confidence and him realizing he had an allie. Sometimes knowing someone believes in you can really pull it out of our kids. I know it works with my difficult child.

    Now, as to how to handle the behavior at home - can you relate the comments of the counselors about how helpful he was and how his behavior was an example to the other campers........and then tell him how proud you were of him - perhaps then you can end with, "why do you think your behavior gets worse when you come home?"

    It will be interesting to hear what he has to say.....

    Glad, Sharon, that you had the week of pride in difficult child!

  9. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Thanks everyone!! It truly was a moment to be proud of difficult child! We'll see how he does next week. It's basketball camp and unfortunately our temps are supposed to be in the high nineties with high humidity. We even have a heat watch. They are predicting our temps to feel like 105-111. Of course, the gym isn't air conditioned!!
  10. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    Hope next week's camp goes as well as last week's.
  11. ML

    ML Guest

    Woo hooo!! What a great update. Way to go difficult child. It's nice to know they have it in them.
  12. crazymama30

    crazymama30 Active Member

    Wiped out, isn't it great when they do well? It is so nice to see their self esteem boosted by something real!
  13. smallworld

    smallworld Moderator

    Wow! Great news, Sharon!
  14. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    Great news that difficult child did so well. I do think how people approach our difficult child's helps set the tone.