Sitting here writing down some ideas while watching my children play outside.Trying not to be noticed, I am listening to their voices. Bader is vocalizing his excitement and Saja is being the protective, funny big sister. These voices are loud, yet not noisy. There is a harmony in it, affection. It is love. As they chase each other, their giggle is filling the air with joy, laughter. It is contagious.
Saja and Bader have come a long way. They made tremoundous progress through the years in all aspects. But Saja just blossomed this year into this amazing young girl. Her verbal skills have improved drastically. Using sentences, trying so hard to pronounce the letters correctly, she does not mind being corrected. My girl does her best to express her feelings whenever she needs to. She would come to me and warns me if Bader is doing something he is not supposed to do; or if he is misbehaving. She comes to me especially if she cannot persuade him to stop. She is being a typical big sister.
When I think about Saja ’s behavior last year, I do see great progress. My girl used to get so frustrated and angry. She would retreat to herself whenever she gets upset. As she grew, she became more attentive and sometimes you can even persuade her to change her mind. Her love for books and reading did help a lot. We have been reading stories, talking about all kinds of feelings, describing how it is a good thing to express how we feel and be verbal about it. Sharing with others, be kind to her young brother and friends, listening to directions, and showing kindness towards the weak and animals are also things we worked on. Today, as I sneaked behind the glass door, I was delighted to see this beautiful young girl being a great big sister & an amazing little human being.
I am a proud mom.