Where did this 15 year old boy come from?


That’s him…my Zach…I frequently ask myself…where did he come from…..and how is it possible that he is as kind as he is.  I love writing posts about my family…although I enjoy sharing my speech and language knowledge…info that I can pass on to mamas and daddy’s out there…writing about my family…and my four rugrats….is really special to me.

So tonight…as I drive home from my mom and dad’s house…family dinner with all five of  my siblings..and 16 grandchildren….so cool to have all of us together….minus my husband working (getting the bad guys)…and AW’s husband working (in Africa!)….it was fun to have us all together.  Well as we drive home tonight..Zach in the front passenger seat driving with me…he asks all the little ones questions about music..(as the radio is playing)…what do they like…do you know this song?…have you heard this one?…this is my favorite!…do you like it?…and then he and Jake-Man…have a very long conversation about music (okay so Jake is 10 and Zach is 15…and it continues to amaze me…his unconditional kindness to people…as a 15-year-old)…and he then tells Jake…”Okay so when we get home…you guys come in my room…let’s look through my CDs…and find some music you like…and I will upload them for you on your Ipod”…..and the conversation continued.

I guess he amazes me at times….it is just his unconditional kindness…to everyone…family, friends…and people he does not know at all……and right now it is 11:10…okay don’t tell AW….(cuz they are still up)…they have all been in his room since about 9:15….as my friend Kim recently told me…and thank you Kim…the slogan in their home is WWZD-What would Zach do?  He teaches us all so much everyday.

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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