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Li’l D’s pride in earning

A year ago,
I gave my
older son
a tablet
computer
with a
cracked
screen.

“Oh, boy!”
he shouted.
“My own computer!!!”

He didn’t seem to
notice the
cracks.

He cherished
that computer.

Still, he was
tantalized by
the prospect
of having
a Kindle
like his
cousin’s.

To earn one,
he had to write
each day for
fourteen
days
straight.

(He missed one
day due to
parental
oversight;
we struck that
from the record.)

He earned
his new,
uncracked
Kindle
on
Saturday.

It wasn’t
the (un)crack
that mattered
to him.

When he made
his final correction,
replacing an “n”
with an “m,”
he practically
glowed with
pride:

he not only
had a new
computer,
but had
earned
it.

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  1. Paul
    September 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Tears to my eyes – beautiful Deborah.

    • September 7, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks, Paul! It’s such a joy to see him so proud. As hoped, the exercise not only helped him order his written sentences (and practice handwriting!), but also got him into more of a work-first, play-later mindset … where applicable!

  2. September 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    How lovely. And what a truly wonderful lesson to build on.

  3. September 6, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    What an awesome story!

    • September 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Between that and getting his very own desk over the summer (to give him a tiny bit of space not shared with his brother), I get the sense he’s really digging being a so-big second grader. 🙂

  4. September 7, 2016 at 4:41 am

    His satisfaction in earning it definitely came out in his blog posts. Wasn’t hard to see that. It’s awesome when you see that from your children, especially when you know it has taught an important life lesson.

    • September 7, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      I love it! Before I practiced seeing what I’m doing well for a few months, it was much easier to see evidence I’d really blown something than that I’d done something right. Now it warms my heart to see not only the oh-no’s, but also the oh-yeah’s. 🙂

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