Each day moves forward without prompting. We start when the rest of the kids leave the house. 8am – four kids off to school. 8:30 breakfast and clean up 9:00 play time 9:30 exercise period 10:00 study math 10:30 break 11:00 spelling lessons 11:30 – 1 lunch 1pm grammar and reading. 1:30pm. done for the day For exercise we use games on the Wii. When it gets warmer, we will go outside. We also have an exercise bike. Three times a week, we try to have an outing of some kind. Go to the store, a cafe, bank or whatever. Our day varies depending on his temperament and how he is responding. Because of the severity of the ADHD, the above schedule is very flexible. Some days we might not get started until 11am and might get done at 1. We work when he is able to focus and function.
So today has been one of those wonderful days. Mostly calm and relaxing. The youngest had a date with his mentor, so we hiked to another town 30 miles from here to drop him with the mentor. Got a brunch date with my lovely bride… 🙂 so rare that this happens, cherish the moments. Went back to get our son at 3. Seems like every button that he can push on his sibs is pushed. I don’t think that it is intentional. I just think that his siblings are so used to getting after him for everything that they still do it even after he spent almost 7 months in the residential facility. So mom and I have started our mantra. Me Parent – You Child. Our son has two parents and 4 siblings, not 6 parents and no siblings. He tries hard to be good, you can see that
Today has been fabulous for our youngest. No behaviors this morning and now we are waiting at the doctor’s office and he is calmly sitting here waiting his turn. No fidget’s no running around, just watching other people interact with each other (which as I explain later can be kind of creepy). This rocks. Even if this is the only time this year that it happens. Celebrate the good ones. ;). Cherish all of them good or bad. Tweet #fighting4answrs