Sunday, June 27, 2010

To Keep in Mind

I had someone email me about keeping in mind and being careful about the fact that SOME of these kiddos COULD be playing us in order to "get a family." I do get that and do think that that is always worth keeping in mind when anyone of us goes out to adopt an older child. Even a young child can have some pretty serious behaviors as I found out quickly with a 23 month old foster child who swore like a sailor and had almost every RAD symptom/sign/behavior for her age possible. It IS possible that once he were permanently home in a family his "true" self would come out, so do please keep that in mind.

However I don't think it's like that with Davids. I could be completely utterly wrong, and I pray that I'm not. Do I think it's going to be all rainbows and puppies, no. I would think that anyone going into an adoption no matter what they age, etc knows there will be adjustments, knows there could be testing of the waters, etc. But I just don't see any signs of aggression in the slightest and we were warned that orphanages are typically rampant with that because they're kids on their own a lot. Today he thought it was "stupid" that I wouldn't allow him to ride a bike without a helmet. There are three helmets and unfortunately the other kids got them first. And we were told repeatedly that we could NOT let them ride anything without one... for liability, etc so I can't help it. And he thought it was stupid and said so, twice. Is that so out of range for a "normal" kid? I don't think so, but who knows. Just know that I am seeing what I am seeing and that if he's acting it's worthy of an Academy Award! :)


Lisa said...

Stupid must be his "I'm frustrated" "bad" word to use. He started saying it once during Wii time tonight, when we were doing Mario Kart which is HARD to get at first and he was so frustrated! He started saying Stu... and put his hand over his mouth, said sorry and had a big grin at catching his mistake. He said, "I almost said it" and I just grinned back and told him I was glad he remembered I didn't like that and that he stopped himself. :)

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