Everett is developing new skills, even if he doesn’t always want to admit it. The other night he was buttoning his pajamas, as he was telling us that he doesn’t know how to use buttons. One recent morning he zipped up his coat by himself. He is also getting more skilled with writing. Today he brought home from school several pages of tables filled with handwritten numbers. He is also becoming a skilled negotiator. He often expresses his views by saying something like “Ok, well, here’s my deal…” followed by a detailed description of what he would find acceptable. This usually works out in his favor, but there are times when his parents have to tell him that he isn’t getting a deal this time, and that he has to do what we say. Like many children he does not like being faced with the limits of his control, but fortunately he is also getting more skilled in handling his emotions. Even at when he gets very angry or upset, these times don’t last nearly as long as they used to.

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  1. I can still remember when, as a little kid, I figured out how to tie a bow. I was in the family dining room on Patterson street. Was approaching dinnertime, so kitchen was busy with people. Their voices provided backdrop for my work. Brother Johnny’s Keds, worn with lots of use and with long sloppy laces, were on the floor in a corner of the dining room, tucked under a chair. I was drawn to the laces flopping over the shoes. I squatted on the floor in front of them, turning and folding the laces in one combination after another. Finally after concentrated effort, Voila! I tied a bow! One of the most pleased and proud moments of my entire life!

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