Sometimes being a parent is the hardest job in the world. The only true parental preparation is the on the job training. There are nights that I go to bed with tear filled eyes and pray that the almighty will help me get this parenting thing figure out.
As I become a more seasoned parent, I'm learning that I will never have it completely right. (Although I do aspire not to mess them up too bad.) I really think that there should be a Storey's Guide to Raising Children. No, that wont work as I have found that Storey doesn't have a universal animal rearing down to fool proof either, although very helpful. Perhaps thats why babies don't come with a manual.
Anyways... I have learned that what works with one child will most definitely not work with the other. Trying to find each child's learning niche has remained a constant endeavor. My son who is quite different than my daughter who thoroughly loves to push her personal limits. My son enjoys his comfort zone. Both of these opposite personalities have their pluses. My son is easy going, very calm and plays well by himself. My daughter on the other hand is extremely active (at all times) and enjoys interaction with others.
Sissy is three years older than my son. We had more time to learn what works for her. Not to mention the three years of undivided attention that she received before she had a little brother. So figuring out my sons interest, his strengths and weaknesses and his passions has been slightly less obvious to us.
BUT I finally found a way to teach him his colors!!!!!