Monday, May 19, 2014

The Power Of Words

We have a very sensitive son that has typically been kind to everyone. At some point he decided not to be so kind within the family unit and chose to take it out on Emma, his down syndrome sister. It was not pretty at times. He wouldn't even allow her to sit by him at the table. We did everything we knew to do to help him understand her and see how much she looked up to him. We had to institute consequences when he would be mean to her. It was quite a challenge and it hurt our hearts as parents.

About a year ago we got new glasses for Emma. She has pretty poor eyesight but hated glasses. She would hide her glasses all the time so she wouldn't have to wear them. I gave up and decided that when she was ready for good eyesight then we would take her to the doctor for a new prescription. The day came when her new glasses arrived. All the kids gathered around, because who can resist a package in the mail? This son who was not too kind to Emma was standing a couple feet from her when Emma put her glasses on. She looked up and her eyes got big. With enthusiasm Emma said, "You have cute face." This son started beaming.

From that day forward the son has been kind and considerate of Emma. He includes her in what he is doing if she asks and doesn't pick on her anymore than the other kids. Today he was extra kind and excited to play with Emma. Emma adores this brother of hers and now he deserves it and allows himself to feel that love all because she said he was cute.

If we could all be a little more like Emma the world would be a much better place.


  1. That is so true that if we could just be a little bit more like Emma. She is a treasure and I loved this cute story.
    Blessings, love and hugs for you all!

  2. This is the sweetest story! In just the couple hours that I was around Emma last week, I fell in love with her. What a sweet spirit!