Last year we discovered that our son needed glasses. We'd had no idea there was a problem, but he complained of headaches. I took him to the pediatrician with the expectations that it would be allergies, but Zane failed the vision screening. He didn't even make it past the second line! Off to the pediatric ophthalmologist we went, and soon Zane had his first pair of glasses.
He did not like them, of course. No kid does. But once he realized that he could actually SEE the board in the classroom, I think he figured out that he needed them. His grades started coming up. And he started reading better. So much better, in fact, that he started reading all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. By himself. I didn't actually think that he was reading, because the books have tons of pictures, and he is eight. But he passed an AR test, so he had indeed read the book.
And it's not just that he wants to read. He also wants to carry ALL of his books around with him at all times. I've noticed that his backpack has been astonishingly heavy on several occasions, and I've had to limit him to a single book. Zane will comply, but then he will come home with seven or eight large tomes acquired from his school library. It hit me one day that I used to behave similarly as a kid. I still hoard books. I used to carry around a book or two, just in case I ended up in a line somewhere with nothing to do. These days I have my phone to distract me, along with the Kindle App.
Zane has also become proficient in technology with his tablet. He spends an inordinate amount of time on his tablet, watching movies, playing games, etc. My son sees me on my laptop often, but he also sees his father on HIS tablet, playing games, watching videos, and reading. Lately Zane doesn't want to do much running about or playing; he wants to sit on the couch and play on his tablet or read a book.
Just like his mom and dad.
I don't want my son to be an introverted couch potato like his parents. I want him to continue to be an extroverted, active boy. This means that I will have to start modeling the appropriate behavior. I'm still recovering from surgery(that open wound is healing soooooo slowly!), but I can walk. I really have no excuse, except that I'm feeling a little lazy right now, at the end of the school year.
But once school is out, Zane and I are going to have an active summer. We'll get up early and walk the dog, when it's cooler outside. We'll go downtown and check out the Alamo and the different museums in town. We'll go exploring. We have passes to SeaWorld, so we can spend time there, as well.
Goodness--after all that activity, I may need a nap. Or two. And better walking shoes!