Well, here we are at the end of day 5, a Saturday. I have been ill all day, yech! Our youngest has been just bouncing off the walls for most of the day, even though he has a hacking cough. I wish that I could do the same. Over all, It has been a good day. But, I spent most of the day sleeping so can’t say much for the rest of the family’s thoughts about the day. Should I feel bad about that? Well, in a way I do, but I also have two auto-immune disorders that need to be cared for. Cared for in that when I get sick, I need to rest immediately to prevent a hospital stay. The nice thing is that my family understands this. We only had two issues with our youngest today, but they are both so minor that they don’t bear discussion.
So, it seems that our youngest son has issues with needing attention when any of his other siblings are home. It doesn’t matter to him if he is negative or positive in how he gets the attention. He will push any button he can to get attention. So we spent quite a bit of time in quiet spaces tonight. Quiet space in our house, we have 5 kids age 10 to 17, is where ever an empty room and a blanket exist. Once he gets under the blanket in the empty room for a couple of minutes, everything is fine for a good 45 minutes. Then we repeat the process. On one hand it is frustrating, on the other hand, we are learning how to interact with him in a different way that doesn’t allow the negative behaviors to surface. Early today when it was just the two of us,
Well it appears that we have two levels of behaviour. That which he exhibits during the day when it is one on one, and that which is displayed in the evenings when everyone is home. Tonight he was all about the word no. Everything we said, “no” was the response, didn’t matter if we were talking to him or not. 20 minutes of solitude under a blanket for that and other inappropriate behaviour and things were fine. The most pressing behaviour is that he doesn’t want to listen. Just a matter of changing or adapting our parenting style, if this is the only issue that we have, we are rocking. However I feel that we are still in the honeymoon phase after his return from the residential facility. Only time will tell if that is an accurate portrayal of the situation and his behaviour. On another front, the clozaril affected