It's summertime and you know what that means.
Unfortunately, not all family members are going to understand your child's needs. How could they? They have never walked in your or your child's shoes.
Check out these helpful ways to get through uncomfortable family visits without wanting to change your name and move to another country.
BE READY FOR THE COMMENTS
When family members say JERK FACE comments such as -
"I would never let my child get away with that behavior"
1) Take a long and deep breath
2) Say something like "I used to think that way too before I learned more about his neurological disorder. I wish things could be easier for him. I know that you do to. Do you have any questions about his neurological disorder? I also have some articles that I can send you if you are interested in learning more."
"He should eat what we give him".
1) Deep breath
2) Try, "I wish it was that easy. Since his body and his brain work differently, we can't parent like everyone else. It's not his fault and it's not my fault. We are working hard with his therapist on how to help him be more successful."
Deep Breaths, My Friends!
- Identify times and areas where your child can have alone time.
- Bring what he needs such as preferred snacks, favorite toys, electronics, headphones, etc.
- Identify some games or other fun activities that the family can do together.
- If possible, have a written or picture schedule available for your child and review it often.
- Plan fun travel activities.
Holly Blanc Moses
The Mom/Psychologist/Behavior Analyst Who Gets It
P.S. If you have a fabulous family, tell them how much you appreciate their love and support!