So we’re almost one week into summer and the challenge has begun. My oldest has been testing limits, displaying defiance with serious eye rolling, even calling me the “B-word” as he reminds me once again that I’ve ruined his life.
This isn’t major stuff, I really can’t complain, but I’m working hard in keeping us on track. I know that as soon as I let up my guard, I’m in trouble. So we’re continuing our modification program with inspections throughout the day along with activities to keep the crew occupied and having fun. I’m a big believer that structure is “King”—it’s my only shot at surviving!
Plus I was told by a professor with mood disorders that one of the single most important things a parent can do to help a child with a mood disorder is to have a schedule and keep to it. That means, waking up, eating, snack time, bedtime all happen at the same time every day. He said it has a positive affect with their circadian rhythms which helps promote optimal moods overall.
Tonight as I was tucking my son in, out of the blue he says, “I’m sorry mom for this week. I’ve been getting into trouble a lot, my moods have been all over the place. I’m just not use to being home all day away from school.”
I couldn’t help but grab him and give him the biggest hug!
Just when I think things are getting a little off track I’m reminded about how far he’s come. Not in a million years would he be able to do what he did tonight, but thanks to his medication and therapy along with a little maturity, we’re seeing amazing things even among the mess.
It hasn’t been a pleasant week, but after his sincere, sweet apology, I have hope in the weeks ahead as our daily schedule becomes routine that my son will feel more settled in and as a result, I’ll be able to enjoy our long days together.
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So what are you doing this summer to keep peace in the home? Please share, we can all use a few tips!