Monday’s are tough. They can be even tougher for mom’s or dad’s who are heading into another week with their atypical kids. Some of us may have had a bit of a break on the weekend, with help from spouses and/or breaks from the constraints of stressful obligations. Some may not have. Whether our kids are heading to school, or learning at home and out in the world-both bring their own challenges. Many challenges. So let’s get ready for the week by celebrating all the awesome that atypical-ness can bring.
Here are some great historical examples of Awesome adults who were super challenging children and most likely drove their caregivers and educators to the brink of insanity.
Atypical is Awesome.
Pope John XIII was sent home with a note saying he continually came to class unprepared; he did not deliver the note.
Ludwig Van Beethoven was rude and ill-mannered towards his friends and was subject to wild fits of rage.
Arturo Toscanini was an obstinate and disobedient boy; once he made up his mind not to do something, nothing could make him change his mind.
Winston Churchill was called the naughtiest small boy in England by his dancing teacher. He was frequently released from the classroom and allowed to run around the school yard to release his energies. HIs later school experiences were similarly difficult. He refused to study Math, Greek, or Latin and was placed with the lowest group of student.
William Wordsworth was described before his eightht year as a “stubborn, wayward, and intractable boy”
Arthur Conan Doyle was aggressive and continually involved in fights; he would break rules deliberately so he could show others how well he could take the punishment.
Now, let’s think of all of the achievements these people reached in their lifetimes.
This week, when things get tough, or tougher than tough, let’s focus on of all of the awesome things about our kids. I can’t wait to see what these amazing young people get up to as adults.