12. June 2014 · Comments Off on Helicopter Parent (literally) · Categories: Uncategorized

Hello,

Today, the Parents.com blog To The Max reprinted an essay from my book called Helicopter Parent.  It isn’t what you may think it is about.

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It’s really about helicopters. Okay, and children (and fathers) too.

“I made a phone call to the press relations contact at the Sikorsky company and asked if there was someone who could help me get some special materials for my son’s project. I told the press person about Alexander, his love of helicopters, a bit about his challenges, and what we were trying to do.

Less than a day later, I received an e-mail from Elena Sikorsky, wife of Sergei Sikorsky, Igor’s son (Igor died in 1972). She let me know that Sergei would send Alexander a package with helicopter-related stuff. Soon, we received a package with a selection of trinkets and keepsakes from Sergei’s attendance at an airshow in Europe as well as a copy of Sergei’s biography about his father. The book was autographed for Alexander and had a hand drawing of a helicopter in the inscription.

Alexander and his mother and I worked with him using large letters and pictures in a three-ring binder to remember some sentences for his presentation. We practiced getting dressed in the Igor Sikorsky suit and hat. And drawing on a mustache. All very challenging things due to sensory issues. But we practiced and had a lot of fun and he really liked it.”

Read the entire essay on Parents.com or by buying my book!

Happy Father’s Day!

Gary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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