At times there’s irony associated with parenting a child with Tourette’s. In certain situations a realization emerges that either the basics don’t apply or there needs to be modifications to fundamental parental axioms. Of course every parent has child-rearing agility with some possessing a few side steps while others are Olympic gymnasts. I’ve become the Nadia Comaneci of parenting, if you can withstand the visual, when it comes to contorting innovative ways to motivate our son.
“And the judges give Dad a 10 for paying $67 to take out the trash!”
Motivation is often not the biggest problem, however. The challenge is to drive our son towards avenues that will increase his social interaction and develop skills he’ll need to basically stop p***ing people off! So towards that end, I’ve spent a lot of time teaching him the fine art of instigating and winning a political discussion…just kidding.
The truth is, things that parents normally try to throttle for their kids, we’ve encouraged. Four hours of Facebook today? No problemo…a few more hours of TV? Good job! Not recommended for all kids, but for our son, this has been fruitful. Of course the drawback is, we have to deal with the wise cracks he learns, which are written by high paid Hollywood sitcom writers.
On the plus side, Facebook shows friends online and offline, AND, friends voluntarily tell what music they like, what sports teams they follow, the books they read and what movies and TV shows they watch. If he’s searching for something to talk about with any of them, he can say, “Boy, that sure is an ugly picture of your Mom!” Well, we’ll have to coach him on that, but you get the point.
Eventually, we’re hoping he reads some of the same good books, watches movies with reasonably redeeming messages and follows sports figures that haven’t slept with New Jersey
Time will tell, “On Dad’s Watch.” Boy, I ended that just like a soap opera 🙂 See you next time.