Friday, September 11, 2009

Growing in confidence

Elijah has been progressing very well since we enrolled him in child care. He has always been a charming and talkative child, but he was wary of other children and typically very cautious. Now he's got friends amongst his own peer group and is much more willing to try new experiences.

The other day, he and I went to the park and I decided to try to push him out of his comfort zone a little. Part of the equipment is like a ladder, except further off the ground and more horizontal than vertical. Elijah has always avoided this piece of equipment. This day, in less than ten minutes, he went from not wanting to touch it, to being coaxed onto it and asking for my help to climb down it, to being able to climb down all by himself without any assistance or needing me in close proximity.

I took a few shots with my mobile phone camera. You can see how high off the ground it is.

After a while of him doing a circuit, I tried to get him to climb up this piece of the equipment. He wasn't interested at first, but when I pushed the point, he gave it a go, asking for help. He didn't need it. He then had the confidence to climb up and down repeatedly. At this point, I decided that it was a momentous enough event to go grab the camera, so we went home to get it and then filmed the following video.

I think the best bit is the singing.

You'll notice I say that he goes to the park by himself - I don't mean I send him out the door and expect him to trundle back home later - I actually mean that he feels confident enough to not have to hold my hand the entire way there. And I trust him to stick to the footpath.

Here's a couple more photos as well for those who can't see the video.

1 comment:

Quilly said...

Elijah's lists of talents grow daily. He sings, he dances, he plays musical instruments and now he has learned death defying acrobats! ;)

Seriously, smart, charming and athletic -- that boy is going to own the world!