Everyone collectively take a deep cleansing breath in....and then blow it out...Hopefully school is out for us for a precious few weeks. While in our lives, the schedule disruption and craziness of work coordination with more time off at home with "Where are we going to put our boy?", can be challenging...we love and adore summer!
I always encourage each of you and give myself a couple of healthy reminders at the beginning of each summer and at the June Mom's group:
1) Try to still establish a routine with your kiddo. A graphic calendar is a great tool, and I have Jacob sit with me and we do it together for the weeks of summer so he has a grip on where he will be each day, when vacations are, when other appointments are, such as music lessons, tutoring, etc. We put the calendar in a prominent spot and we all use it. Now, after many years, our kiddo looks for it and depends on it. As we tend to deal with anxiety, that little calendar is a great tool to ratchet the anxiety down. On days when we are just home for the most part, I sit down with him, and have HIM make the list of activities for the day. I have learned that all things are more relaxed if he knows what's going to be accomplished that day.
2) Try to pick one or two things that relate to academics and continue to do those things, in a fun or more relaxed "atypical" manner...that will keep our kids from losing so much ground in the summer as our kids are much more prone to do.
3) This is the best one I think, and the point of todays post....
Take time wherever you are, and whatever you do, whether on vacation or around your town, and really stop, look and listen to God's creation around you. Ask questions of your kiddo and take the time to see things through their eyes. As our kids see things differently from most, it can be quite amazing what they can share if you give them time to get it out of their brain! Our son has a thing currently of laying on his back and looking up at the sky at night...listening and watching. We had just said "ok..come in when you are done" for a few nights of this until finally, we all got on the ground as well. Have you done that lately? It's really quite amazing what God has done on a summer night, in the sky and with the sounds of summer all around.
Colossians 1:16 tells us "Through His power all things were made - things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen."
Take more than a minute this summer....take HOURS, and slow down and see what God has made, in the details of His summer world!!!
We have a support group for moms in the Tulsa area!
Our group meets the first Thursday of every month from 7-9p.
We welcome all moms who are parenting children who have Asperger's Syndrome.
For locations and last minute updates about meetings, check here or (even better) check our Facebook page.
We are currently meeting in the back room at Mazzio's on 51st & Sheridan in Tulsa.