I posted on Colin’s school conference yesterday, and I talked about a lot of the difficulties Colin has. I want to make sure I share the positive, too.
First, he is absolutely adorable. See?Second, he has what I can only describe as charm. He’s not even three and he is charming! People are just drawn to him.
He’s engaging, and he has that smile! And those eyes! He just has this big personality. He’s outgoing. He knows how to work a room.
He is happy. He gets frustrated and has his issues, but he is a generally a happy kid.
He’s funny. He is doing his best to tell knock-knock jokes, although it’s sometimes hard for people to understand him. His favorite right now is one from Yo Gabba Gabba:
- “Knock knock.”
- “Who’s there?”
- “Interrupting cow.” (The “interrupting” isn’t really that clear, but we know what he means.)
- “Interrupting cow who?”
- “Moo!” (He’s supposed to say “moo” while the other person is still asking, “Interrupting cow who?” but he doesn’t really get the timing yet!)
He is tough. When he gets hurt, he wants attention, but then he gets up and moves on from it.
He has great gross motor skills. We have a playset with a small climbing wall, and he could scale it before Noah and Zoe could, even though they are 29-months- and 19-months-older than he is. We just started playing soccer, and he can throw the ball in the air and kick it. Hard. I really hope that sports are an outlet for him someday.
He is amazing with music. His favorite song right now is “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum. He asks for it every time we get in the car. He also likes “Dance, Dance” by Fall Out Boy, “Girls” by the Beastie Boys, “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias, and “When They Come For Me” by Linkin Park. I have a playlist on my iPod in the car of about 25 songs that the kids like. He hears the first couple of notes to the song and says the name immediately. He recognizes it so quickly. I’m not a music person, but Christian tells me he has amazing tone or pitch or something, that most kids don’t develop until they are closer to ten.
He responds really well to positive reinforcement. He loves praise and attention. He thrives on it.
He gives giant bear hugs.
He likes to snuggle when he is tired.
He has a family who loves him and will do anything for him.