Cricket Posted January 5, 2012 Share Posted January 5, 2012 This morning I pointed to a box of two nativity sets and some other Christmas things. If I remember correctly, my exact words to my oldest (ds13) were, "Please take this box outside to the shed. Be careful with it because it is heavy and the things inside are fragile." A while later I walked through the living room and saw the box from earlier, only it was empty. I asked him, "What did you do with the things inside this box?" thinking maybe he took everything out and placed them on the floor in the shed. Ds said, "I threw them in the garbage." :banghead: We've known he's had trouble following oral directions so we've started making the directions as short and as clear as we can. Apparently what he heard was "Please take this box outside to the garbage. Be careful with it because it is heavy and the bottom of the box might tear." He only heard the first part of each sentence and halfway through the sentence decided he already knew what I was saying and finished it for me in his mind. I forgot to have him repeat the directions to me. That's another trick we've been trying. It is so frustrating!!! He's such a good kid and rarely does anything disrespectful intentionally. I know he truly misunderstood me. His heart was in the right place. He cheerfully obeyed but it scares me because as he gets bigger, his mistakes will only get bigger, more costly and possibly more dangerous. The thought of him driving terrifies me because of his inattention to detail! Some days I feel like we are making progress and other days I just want to bang my head against the wall. How do you handle this in your house? Any suggestions we can try? Any resources you can recommend? In another thread someone said her grandma would say that she wished for a nice young man to come along and take care of her granddaughter. Dh and I joke (only partly joke!) that we are praying for a really nice woman to come along and take care of ds when he is older! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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