I was chatting with a neighbor recently about how our kids thrive with schedules but we, the parents, are more "Let's see how it goes." I think it is even more challenging as we get older, and wish that we could ease up on all the scheduling that can go on with parenting.
For me, this is especially true in the summer, when there are no more sports practices, therapy sessions, school meetings and so on. I am ready to "chill" but the lack of structure makes Sayer even more anxious. So, I turn to my handy "Make-A-Schedule" software program. It's really a great product - but one I wish I didn't need! I use it to make schedules for Sayer's day camp, to map out a calendar of the month so he knows when he goes to day camp, when he flies to see his cousins, and so on.
Our latest challenge is programming meal time. If Sayer had his way it would be hamburgers and french fries one night, followed by stir fry with noodles the next night, followed by hamburgers and french fries - detect a pattern? In response, Dan and I will be doing more meal planning and putting the dinners planned for each night on the calendar. No more "I just feel like a tuna sandwich." Sigh.
Sayer is going to his first "sleep away" camp Sunday, to Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp. There are a series of camps for adults and children with disabilities not too far from Mount Hood. The camp's web web site has a great video about the program. Sayer is going to the Oral Hull camp for people with autism. He is very excited because one of his former teachers, "Mrs. Heather" will also be there.
For the first few days of Sayer's camp, Jacob will be out of town,too, visiting relatives in Virginia. It just turned out that way but we are going with it. Dan and I have our "staycation" all mapped out. Get up when we feel like it. Eat what we feel like, at whatever time we feel like. Almost like Hawaii without the cabana. Can't wait!!
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