Monday, September 8, 2008

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

Matt was being really brave and stood all by himself. He literally was all by himself because I was on the other side of the lounge. (Up until then he would only stand when he was safely within my reach as he has not learnt how to sit down once standing) I turned to see him standing proudly and then slowly fall backwards - bashing his head on the TV cabinet and front teeth going into his lips. Tears, screams, blood, hugs! We were both quite traumatised by this event - last week Thursday.
Since then he has not tried to stand again, even when mom or dad are around.
His confidence is gone!
What a big role self confidence plays. I know that Matt can stand, he's already succeeded. His body - his muscles, his bones, his balance - is all there, ready to stand. Yet this thing of confidence in self is so key. You hear people talking about "building up young people's self confidence" and now I truly get why it is so vital. One can have all the resources in the world, but if one doesn't have self confidence one may as well have nothing.
My prayer is that we as parents would always be more passionate to help Matt see his strengths rather than focus on his challenges.

6 comments:

carina said...

It is so important. I remember how we always used to cheer when Nathan coughed well. (I even, to the surprise of a strange mother, cheered another kid in a grocery store after giving a phenomenal cough!!). Against all odds, Nathan coughed very well when encouraged to do so.

Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

I saw the title of your post and was scared to read it.
Im glad he is ok, and I know he will get confident soon, and try again!

hennhouse said...

Oh my! That does sound traumatic!! I do hope he tries again soon.

Cindy said...

Poor guy! :( Hopefully he'll get distracted and not realize he's standing and build his confidence again.

Myssie said...

Poor little guy! I glad that he is okay. He will get there again, it will just take some time. :-)

Kristi said...

Aww Matt. Noah had the same problem with falling and losing his self confidence for a while. But Matt will gain it again and be back to taking chances. I am so glad he is ok.. Big hugs.