Phew! My brain was melting. It was 39.5oC hot (that's 103 for my northern friends). The whole continent of Australia was gripped in a post-Christmas heatwave. Luckily we were on holidays at the beach, but truthfully, even being on the sand was too hot!
The solution? You know there is only one solution - ICE-CREAM!
We scuttled across the melting bitumen road to our favourite ice cream store. Decision time... coconut or vanilla? They are my stand-by ice cream orders. All those other flavours go untried.
Do you see the pattern? Stick with the familiar - be safe.
What am I missing? How the heck would I know? I imagine how awful bubble gum flavour must taste and how I wouldn't like the sticky streaks of caramel in the toffee. But do I really know? NO.
One legacy of dyslexia can be a desire to play it safe. There is only so much failure your children are willing to face before they start the self-protection of playing small and saying no. This is a tragedy as playing safe means your children don’t get to experience those things they might love or discover the new places they might excel.
Encourage your child to try something new. Say YES to the unknown. They might love it, they might hate it. Either way, it is just as valuable - real, true, full body experiences for them to process and reflect on.
I know getting your child to try something new can be hard!
The brand slogan JUST DO IT is reasonable advice, but it implies a level of commitment that we can’t always muster. With my children I’ve replaced it with JUST TRY IT…
You can start small - a different flavour at the ice-cream shop.
I chose Irish Cream. Mmmm...not bad but with chunks of chocolate! I hate chocolate in ice cream - it always tastes hard and waxy and gets stuck in my teeth. Next brain melting day will I order Irish Cream? Nope, Will I order vanilla or coconut? Nope. There is a whole world of ice-cream flavours out there waiting for me to just say YES!
What new activity has your dyslexic child discovered and loved, or hated?