Tantrum. Free. Weekend.
Three more words.
Chores are completed.
Yesterday we ran a few errands, stopped at a local cafe for a bowl of soup, then headed over to the art center for an afternoon of painting. Chef painted up a storm and made gifts for everyone in our family.
Today's been a relaxing day at home. There were only a few blips with chores. Chef made his school lunches for the week and (drumroll please!) his chores are finished.
What a lovely weekend
This blog was initially set up as a means of communicating with my son's team. Since then, I've heard from other parents with similar stories. If you are living with challenges or journeying alongside someone who is, you are not alone. There are many of us. I'm a single adoptive Mom (http://richesofsimplicity.blogspot.com/) of a young man who lives with many abilities and many diagnoses. We have journeyed together through many challenges and a few adventures over the years as my son has tried to find space in this world that makes him feel more comfortable, an attempt made especially difficult when living with Attachment Disorder, PDD-NOS (Autism), Developmental Coordination Disorder, ADHD, prenatal substance exposure, etc. Some of the strongest elements used in this journey have been music, visual arts, therapeutic parenting, team-connection, boundary-setting, boundary-setting, boundary-setting, communication skills, community-building, continual lifeskills training, and elements of Theraplay. (Click here for some written resources.) On this journey, there is laughter and tears and growth and hope. The greatest of these is hope.