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Being a stepparent, there may be occasions that you can reach out to the child in a way that neither of their natural parents can. That is the case with Baily’s and her two homes.
Cindy was an extremely busy woman constantly doing something, but always having time for her family. Cindy has dyslexia and ADHD so getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, and of course exercise was an important part of her day. Cindy’s husband started noticing that his daughter Bailey had many of the same traits that his wife Cindy had when she was not in her routine. Eventually, Bailey was also diagnosed with dyslexia. No one else in Bailey’s biological family was diagnosed with dyslexia (except for her step-mom Cindy), so Cindy was the only one that knew just how Bailey felt.
As with everything else in life, there are positives and negatives. Cindy had a mission and that was to help her stepdaughter understand and learn the things Cindy had to learn by trial and error. She wanted Bailey to understand, just because you are diagnosed with dyslexia, does NOT mean you are any less intelligent. In fact, most people who have this condition are brilliant; they just need their own way of getting things accomplished.
By chance or with God’s intervention, Cindy found herself in a store and saw the perfect poster to give Bailey. It read:
Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Bill Cosby, Justin Timberlake, Michael Phelps, Emily Dickenson, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henry Ford, Elvis Presley, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. These individuals certainly did not let ADD, DYSLEXIA or ADHD prevent them from taking on the world!
Cindy picked up a white tube, and then put the poster inside of it. She also grabbed a bunch of bold colored permanent markers and headed to the checkout line. She wrote on the outside of the tube with words such as: creativity, adventuresome, able to see the big picture, energy, easily adapts to change and chaos, fun to be with, ambition, hyper focused, intelligent, compassionate and sensitivity.
The next weekend when Bailey came to visit Cindy she was greeted with a big smile. Cindy handed her the tube and reminded Bailey that she also has dyslexia and ADHD. Cindy said, “What is written on the outside of this tube is just a small portion of the gifts you have been given because you have dyslexia”. After Bailey opened the tube and saw the poster, she looked at Cindy and said, “Can I have one more poster, one for each of my rooms in both my homes?”
Lesson here is, even a stepparent can make a difference in the life of a child.
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