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Over the years the Foundation has had the privilege of getting to know extended family members of the children we work with.  Often, we could not have the kind of contact necessary to assist families if grandparents, aunts and uncles didn’t get involved.  Meet one such family that we have enjoyed getting to know over the years. Here are some thoughts that Grandma Maria has when it comes to the Foundation: “I am primarily a Spanish speaking person and have had a hard time keeping up with school information and homework that my two grandsons bring home.  Having a tutor to help the boys with their homework has been a big relief.  One of the ways the Foundation has helped our family is by assisting us with communication with my adult daughter who has disabilities.  This has made it possible for her to have a relationship with her sons.”

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pics060I have been volunteering being Santa for The Childbirth Connection for the past three years. Each year has been very interesting and fulfilling for me. I remember the first year I was a bit nervous. Randi the director of the foundation was encouraging me to say the traditional HO! HO! HO! Merry Christmas greeting which I have to admit I was a bit intimidated and shy about it but eventually as the kids cheered for Santa I felt better and more at ease. The second and third year were much better, still a bit shy but much more comfortable. Overall, I’ve enjoyed all three years seeing the kids’ happiness: their smiles, their tears and excitement. The joy that brings the parents when they see their children jump for joy when they see Santa is priceless. Its very rewarding and I’m happy that I’ve been able to have the opportunity of making the parents and their children happy. Looking forward to the next year…

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From her blog:

Lately, I have been working with Brandon on the power of persistence through dialogue as well as daily demonstrations. My young 5 1/2 son has been playing chess with Daniel for over a year already. Often times, Brandon loses his patience because Daniel wins the game or makes a move that Brandon didn’t see coming.

Then, last week, Brandon won the game! I am always looking for ways to educate Brandon through life’s examples. I found this to be the perfect time to teach persistence. I asked Brandon how it felt to win the game. He said, “good!” I told him to keep that feeling because it is the result of patience & persistence.

Another educational example of persistence & perseverance occurred a couple days later when I decided I wanted to get Brandon ready and take him to school myself. I warned Brandon beforehand that we were going to have to get dressed, brush teeth & hair, eat breakfast, pack lunch & be ready for our ride, Access Services, and be ready by 7:10am. He did not mind because Brandon loves working, with mommy, as a team.

When I was picking out my clothes, I had a hard getting my shirt off the hanger. I kept pulling at the shirt, but it would not slide off the hanger. Brandon said, “Mommy, do you need help?” Knowing that he would not be able to reach it, I said, “No thank you sweetie, I can do it. Persistence is the key.” I had pulled myself up on the bar, in my closet,  into a standing position. Brandon said, “Be careful mommy, please don’t fall.” I assured him that I was fine. After 3 or 4 attempts of my pulling, the shirt fell off the hanger. At this point, I looked at Brandon and said, “That is the result of persistence.”

A few minutes later I noticed that Brandon’s pants was too loose, so I told him to go to his closet to get his belt. History was repeating itself, Brandon was struggling, he was trying to get his belt off the nail in his closet. I asked him if I could help him. He said, “No mom, persistence!” I smiled, that’s my boy. He struggled for a minute and each time he pulled on the belt, he counted 1…2…3, “Got it mommy!” He ran over to me, showed me the belt and I gave him a big hug. As if this wasn’t enough of a lesson for one day, then we learned teamwork.

At this point, it was time to move into the kitchen to make breakfast & lunch. I get the food out of the refrigerator, Brandon puts the food on the plates & pops the food in the microwave to keep the food from flying off plates and landing on the floor. It’s a good system!

When we were putting his lunch together I realized the salami was in a new/unopened package. For any other mother, just open the package & put the salami in her child’s lunch. As you have probably figured out, I am not any other mother. I told Brandon “if mommy cannot get the package open, you will have to eat a bagel and cream cheese. Ok bud?” He was disappointed, but he understood. So, Brandon went to brush his teeth and his hair, when he got back he saw that I got the salami open.

Most kids wouldn’t even notice, but as Brandon came back in the kitchen, he immediately said, “Mom, how did you get the salami open?” I looked at him, smiled and said, “Persistence!” With persistence and beautiful teamwork, together Brandon & I got everything done just as our transportation arrived. After getting the car seat, the bag that hangs on the back of my wheelchair to carry the car seat and we got  in the Paratransit van, I looked at Brandon, gave him a high five and said, “We did it Buddy!” With persistence & patience, anything is achievable!

To view this blog entry and other blogs by Dina go to:

http://lifewithdinagarcia.com/persistence-and-patience/

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El Pollo Loco Fundraiser May 10, 2012

May 1, 2012

Please Join Childbirth Connection Foundation for its first ever community restaurant fundraiser. Bring this flyer to El Pollo Loco on Sepulveda in North Hills all day long on Thursday May 10.

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Access Services Meeting

April 21, 2012

Join ACCESS Services Community Meeting. Access is proposing a new demonstration service for Access certified parents and others who travel with children on paratransit service. The program is called Parents with Disabilities Paratransit Pilot Program and is designed to provide transportation for Access riders who need to engage in childcare related activities such as school, [...]

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Facebook

April 15, 2012

Please like us on our facebook page at: Childbirth Connection FoundationPromote Your Page Too

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Mentor Update-Janet

April 13, 2012

Janet continues to mentor Laura who is now 13, transitioning into her teens, facing changes that come with that part of her life. Laura’s Grandmother says “since spending time with Janet, Laura’s interests have expanded in many areas. This exposure opens up so many possibilities for Laura’s future”. Laura still loves her hip hop lessons [...]

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