What Parents Are Saying

​Nothing is more powerful than the words of parents talking to their children. At the end of each group, we ask parents to write a letter to their child. Here are a few examples:

“Daddy and I want you to know how thrilled we are with the tremendous growth we have seen in you. You never cease to amaze us. We so appreciate your help around the house and in the yard and especially how you take such good care of our kitties. We are so proud of your Cub Scout accomplishments, and we know you are having fun making friends with the boys in the den.”
—Jen J., Stepping Stones Mom

“I love you. You are my sunshine because you brighten up my life in so many ways. I know you were a bit shy and unsure of yourself in the beginning of your Friendship group, but you embraced it and began to really enjoy it. The skills you learned with Miss Betsy have been so helpful in your relationships at home. It has been nice to see you able to deflate your anger. I hope you will continue to take the skills you learned and put them into practice. I love you so very much.”

—Stacy K., Stepping Stones Mom

“One of the things we don’t teach each other in a class is how to be human with each other. How to be respectful, and how to communicate, how to make friends and not accidentally drive them away. It is something your mom and I did not learn when we were your age. It was not taught to us in church or school. Since you were a small boy, you always showed care for people with disabilities. Thank you for trying to understand all the other people. Thank you for looking people in the eye, for trying to be aware of those around you. It was special when you brought what you learned from your guidance counselor to In Step. Bringing what you learned at In Step to the rest of your life will be wonderful.”

—Ryan G., Stepping Stones Dad

“You have done so well this year. You get along well with your schoolmates. Also, you have done such a good job controlling your impulses. Last year, we received unhappy calls from the school counselor, principal and daycare supervisor. This year, the only call I got was from your teacher, telling me how happy she is to have you in her class. You’ve done so well at home, too. You’re getting better at not overreacting to your brother’s teasing. You’ve done a better job of keeping friends by being a good friend. You’ve been doing your homework and chores without complaining and have been a pleasure to be around. We look forward to learning and growing together. We are so proud of you.”

—Pat M., Stepping Stones Mom

“We understand that there are still lots of things that make you angry and frustrated and that is not going to change overnight. What is very good is that you recognize and can talk about what makes you angry or frustrated. When you were little, you were able to express yourself in an appropriate manner, but that had changed. You still need to work on thinking before speaking but you are learning much more self control and we are proud of you for that. We love you very much and we are sorry if this embarrasses you, but we think you are a very caring and thoughtful person. You have grown and matured so much this year and we are so proud of you. You did a great job on your report card and we look forward to your successes in middle school!”

—Aaron P., Stepping Stones Dad