Nice take-home point in today’s USA Today’s excerpt from How My Son Taught Me to Be a Parent. Although some of the details may be different from most of our readers here at Dyslexic Advantage, we can learn from his hat tip to a great dad from the past, Theodore Roosevelt Sr:
“I am entirely satisfied with your standing, both in your studies and in athletics,” Roosevelt wrote his eldest son, Ted Jr., on May 7, 1901. “I want you to do well in your sports, and I want even more to have you do well with your books; but I do not expect you to stand first in either, if so to stand could cause you to overwork and hurt your health.”
If you don’t know the story of Teddy Roosevelt from his childhood, he had quite a rough time of it because of illness. He was very near-sighted (unrecognized until he as 13) and asthmatic and was schooled at home.
It’s not uncommon that as parents of dyslexic children, we may see them being asked (at various times in their school), what may be impossible without sacrificing their health – both physical and mental. If that happens, we may need to be prepared to step in. There is a lot of baggage that young students can be burdened down with – and you can prevent that if know.