I’ve lately become somewhat “virtually” aquainted with a Mom who I feel needs a mention on this blog. I was told about Jenni when I was visiting Dr. Morningstar’s office in late Spring. She has come up with some really cute buttons that stick to the outside of the Tornado Suit – buttons that allow kids to enjoy their braces a little more. Buttons she first came up with as a solution for her own kids (I felt she was a kindred spirit at that point alone!) 🙂 You can see these buttons here: http://www.theknittest.etsy.com
What really struck me about Jenni, though, was her team philosophy in her own home – it is truly inspirational. She calls it “Team Awesome,” and it’s a mentality that has been in their home way before the onset of Scoliosis for her daughter – and it was and is a mentality that keeps them going in the hard times.
This is how she describes the “Team Awesome” mentality:
“Team Awesome was born out of the theory that no matter what you do and where you go, you are part of a team. You need to work with that team and strive toward excellence. If your team meets a major goal, or something really great happens, the whole team reaps the rewards. If you don’t complete your task, you let the whole team down, and the whole team suffers the consequences. As far as a family goes, most people get that part-it’s putting the kids to work, right? Team Awesome takes the team part to a bigger level than most people probably are willing to. We all have a stake in how things turn out around here, so we all get a say in what happens. I can’t ask my kids to shoulder their 1/4 of the burden of Team Awesome without giving them 1/4 of the say. We all get to decide the fate of Team Awesome. Now, being the adults, the Captain and Lady Awesome of course have final say on the biggies. But Kat and Lizzie have a voice that weighs pretty heavy in those decisions. We have made it clear that our team’s successes and failures rely on all four of us. The skills they learn here in Team Awesome will take them through the rest of their lives in any team they are on-sports, band, small groups in school, and at work as an adult.
When our team was diagnosed with scoliosis, we literally made a circle, put our hands in, and let Lizzie know that we were all in this together. We would do that for anything that happens to any member of Team Awesome.”
Now, I say: THAT IS JUST PLAIN AWESOME! Thanks for sharing, Jenni!