Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I realize it isn’t January 1st, but to me the start of a new school year always feels like a new beginning.  Since I’m currently a stay at home mom it basically gives me my life back.  Summer is rough for me.

This summer was for the most part a positive one.  Yes, there were meltdowns, and a few very public ones that I don’t want to relive.  At one point, my son melted down in a craft store while buying supplies for a reward jar.  He noticed once that someone had a service dog for autism, and very seriously asked if he could have an autism cat.

E doesn’t crave social interaction with other children, so I spend a great deal of time with him during the summer.  I get very little down time.  Plus if E is dysregulated, I’m not even getting out to the grocery store that day. I could enroll him in a camp, but so far he isn’t really interested.  Forcing my son into things generally ends badly.  My summer is good, but it just feels a bit lonely.

Still the thing about summer is that I have some control over the environments that I enter.  I can plan a vacation around E’s issues.  It gets harder the more people that are in the mix.  You of course can’t plan out everything, but man do I try.

Here we are about to embark on a new school year.  I want to tell the teacher a million things.  I’ve already met with her and his special education teacher, but I’m sure we’re missing something important.  I feel his anxiety, and I’m sure he can feel mine.  I want to continue to control things, but I know I can’t do that.

So, raise a glass with me and drink to the New Year.  Let’s collectively take three very deep breaths.  Finally cheers to what hopefully will be a great year.




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