Family Spotlight


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.”


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!

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Janet has been a mentor with Childbirth Connection Foundation since November of 2008.  This is Janet’s first time mentoring, and although she has no children of her own she loves spending time with kids.  Since November, she has been meeting monthly with Laura, a sweet, soft-spoken 11 year old.    Janet has taken Laura on outings to museums, the theater and music concerts as well as trips to the park and other free community activities.

She gave Laura an art set and they have enjoyed painting together on their outings to the park.  An interior designer with a love of the arts, Janet hopes to instill in Laura an appreciation for the arts by “exposing her to cultural experiences”.  Janet helps Laura to observe and comment on art and the world around us.  She says that Laura has shown a great deal of enthusiasm and real willingness to learn.  Janet stated “it has been very satisfying and worthwhile as our relationship grows.”  Additionally, Janet states “it is a real pleasure to spend time with Laura.”

Janet and Laura

If you are interested in impacting the life of a child by becoming a mentor, please contact us!


Family Spotlight – Dina, Daniel & Brandon

September 23, 2009

Tweet Dina has been involved with The Childbirth Connection for the past 3 years. She is the proud mother of adorable and active 2 ½ year old named Brandon. She lives with her son along with her wonderful husband of seven years, Daniel. Over the past three years, Dina has grown into a strong self-confident […]

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