A Chance to Shine

One mother takes pride in her son's behavior breakthrough.

My son can be loud, impulsive, and impatient, so I hesitated to take him with me when I visited my grandmother in her nursing home. But when the doctor told us that the time had come to visit her for the last time, I decided he should come with us.

At first, he behaved as I had feared. But then something happened. He became quiet, focused, and filled with compassion. He was friendly and polite, and soon had many of the residents smiling. My shock quickly turned into pride. I think about that day when things are going badly, and I remember that, underneath his behavior problems, he’s a sensitive, bright, and loving child.

Gina Acosta, Sherwood, Oregon

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