Last Tuesday, I took the boys to open house and as expected, it was loud and crowded. My son did a great job of removing himself from the classroom when it became too much for him and would patiently wait outside. This was a big step in seeing him manage his stress all on his own.
After the event, we got in the car and my son started thrashing around in his car seat. It was like there was a fire burning inside his brain. He started wincing in pain, saying something was wrong with him and he wanted to destroy something. As I drove us home, I calmly told him to put his head on his knees to block out all sensory input.
He did it!
This was a big deal! Usually, I give suggestions all the time, but he ignores them, especially in the car. He typically chooses to express his pain in a destructive way, but to my surprise, when I peeked back to his car seat, he was quiet and had his head on his knees! (Hey, you have to celebrate the small stuff, right?)
Once we got home, we put him in a bath and afterwards he came out feeling so much better.
When his Dad asked how the event went, he said, “Kinda fun, but it was too loud and too many people.”
I was so proud and filled with hope to see him taking these small steps to feel better and especially proud of how hard he’s worked to get through 4th grade. It wasn’t an easy year, but he did it!
I was one proud Mama Bear!