Celebrating the Whole Child (Quirks and All!)

It must have been a few months ago when my, now 5 year old, son asked me: “Mommy, can I have a magical wizard party?” I was expecting Spiderman or Superman, like most of the parties that he has gone to, so I was quite surprised at his choice of themes. Nevertheless, I quickly agreed and started looking into magicians.

While friends and family came to our house today in play clothes (wouldn’t most children, for a birthday party?), my son insisted on wearing suit pants, a button-down shirt, a vest with a pocket-handkerchief, and a black bow tie. “I have to be fancy, Mommy,” he told me yesterday as he carefully chose his outfit. “Anyways, I want to look like a magician!” And he achieved both of his wishes, looking adorable and very “magical” throughout his party.

As we opened the many gifts he received, I was really touched by two things: 1-how well our friends and family know my child, and 2- how unique (and quite quirky) he is as an individual. Among the piles of colorfully-wrapped presents included: a magician set (from us), an electric circuit building set, a magical science set, a create-your-own-marker set, etc. A friend of mine actually said to me (I am still laughing about this, by the way, because it is so him): “I just googled ‘child professor’ and chose a present from that list!”

The highlight of my night must have been when my little professor ran over to me, just a few minutes ago, and said: “Thank you so much for the party. You are the best mommy ever, and the prettiest. But don’t tell Shayna (his sister, by the way), because I want to marry her, and don’t want to hurt her feelings.”

Every child is unique and special, with their own abilities, strengths, and areas of difficulties. It was so apparent to me today to really take in the moments of recognizing your child (whether you are a parent, guardian, educator, or therapist) for their beautiful uniqueness, especially in those challenging moments that make you wonder how you got here in the first place. 🙂

xoxo, Lauren

To order some of the cool gifts that Yosef got today for your own ‘Little Professor’, here’s a few examples:
1. Michaels: Magic Science For Wizards Only (by Scientific Explorer)
2. Melissa and Doug Magic Set
3. Snap Circuits Jr. Kit
4. Crayola Marker Maker

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5 thoughts on “Celebrating the Whole Child (Quirks and All!)

  1. Oh my goodness this post melted my heart! I love this the most: “Thank you so much for the party. You are the best mommy ever, and the prettiest. But don’t tell Shayna (his sister, by the way), because I want to marry her, and don’t want to hurt her feelings.” My heart melts! Hugs!

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