What makes your kid extraordinary isn’t just the epic stuff. It’s the little things. The small moments that maybe only you see — and quietly celebrate every day. Jack and I have had our ups and downs as of late. He is growing and maturing, and yet still holding onto childhood as much as possible. He is nearly 8, and caught between two stages in his young life. And at the same time, he is fighting cancer with his every breath.
Sometimes it’s all too much for him.
Last week we had his friend over for a playdate. When it was time for the playdate to end, Jack wasn’t ready. He had a full on meltdown, declaring that it was unfair, that he didn’t want to be around me, and that no one understood how he felt. For the first time ever, he threatened to run away from home. When we dropped his friend off back home, Jack dashed out of the car and into his friend’s house – I had to pick him up and carry him back to the car (keep in mind I’m VERY pregnant).
On our way home, Jack said, “You probably don’t like me anymore.”
To which I replied, “Jack, of course I like you. I love you! We all say and do things we don’t mean sometimes. I will always love you, no matter what.”
Later on that evening he calmed down and apologized to me, unprompted. He then proposed a punishment for himself – perhaps he could have 3 hours of revoked iPad time. I told him I would think about it. Jack is generally so well behaved that I have very little experience with punishments!
All evening he hugged me spontaneously and repeatedly declared that he loved me. I told him I was so very glad that he was feeling better.
Experiences like these are hard on both of us, but they teach us a lot. Life is complicated and we are both still learning how to navigate it. Cancer has really amplified the everyday emotions we have to face, so we have to be stronger than ever and team up to face it together. I am constantly amazed by how Jack handles it all – he is truly extraordinary.
When you’re faced with the challenges that we are, it helps to have organizations out there like Stanford Children’s Health – the largest Bay Area healthcare provider with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women. Whether your visit is routine or rare, Stanford Children’s Health is committed to providing extraordinary care for healthier happy lives. In fact, Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has been the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California for over a decade.
Thanks to Stanford Children’s Health and their dedication to extraordinary care for extraordinary kids, I was able to create a slideshow celebrating my kiddo and all of his awesomeness. Check it out.
Your kid is extraordinary. Show them how much you enjoy every moment together by creating a special video of your own!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.