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Petya Prioritizes

Around the turn of the year, our 15-year-old son, Petya, launched his website to help adopted children.  The idea involved chatting with, or reading stories to, new adoptees from Russia (or elsewhere).  He would speak with them in Russian or English, and help them to make the transition to a new life in a new land.  http://www.destinationsdreamsanddogs.com/post-adoption-support-my-son%E2%80%99s-great-idea/

Thank you for everyone’s support, calls, and contact with him.  This project has done so well… that… he needs to take a break!

It’s come down to this:  either he become a professional therapist at the age of 15, or he continue in his schooling.  Hmmm… decisions, decisions….

I imagine this means he will no longer be carrying children’s “skazkee” (stories, or fairy tales) in his “rucksack” (backpack), along with his regular schoolbooks.  He’s a great reader and doesn’t mind the 101 questions that little ones might ask right in the middle of a suspenseful Russian tale, lol.  A very patient soul.

He also doesn’t mind other teens complaining about how hard it is to start all over again, or parents asking what he might think would work with their kids.  Like all young people, he tends to favor an upbeat, positive approach to acclimating.  He remembers all of the DVDs and colorful workbooks we bought him in the beginning, just to learn simple vocabulary.  If they had music in the background, or a slightly wacky format, all the better.  It was the spoonful of sugar that he needed to get going—it was less important that we cram in a lot of facts and figures, and more important that we cultivate a lifelong love for learning.

He has a heart to help those who are struggling, to help young people understand how to smoothly transition to a new life, not forgetting the past, yet not allowing any negatives of the past to define them.  Petya will continue chatting with anyone via Skype with whom he’s already been talking, he’s simply unable to take on more at this time.

So, his website and blog will come down, while his high school studies, and college exams, and tennis tournaments, and archaeological field work beckons.  Not to mention his numerous volunteer positions.

Maybe his chatting by Skype with troubled (and untroubled!) adoptees will give professional therapists an idea of how they might help more young people who may live in areas where trained counselors are not so readily available.  In any event, we’re proud that he realizes that he can’t do “everything”, try as he might, and we’re thankful for everyone’s support.

 

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4 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. avatar hoonew says:

    I agree that his observations and insights about this work would be beneficial to professionals and parents. I hope he will share some of those observations down the road! Thank you for your good work, Petya!

  2. avatar Greg says:

    What a great young man!

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