Christmas Chaos

It’s that time of year where many families are blessed with chaos.

 

A time of year that is enjoyed by many while others are trying to keep life in the balance to reduce the meltdowns that come with too many changes within the environment they are comfortable with.  So, how do we overcome this to ensure that everyone’s needs are met ? It is something that I feel does vary with all families and their individual situations but I would love to share some simple tips that may assist you this year or even in years to come…

Attending events is not just about your ASD childs limitations, its about knowing yours as well. You are only one person and whether you have other siblings to consider or not at the end of the day you are the one that has to deal with your child when you are at home. This may mean attending less events to keep some stability in life or it may be that you will spend less time at these events. It may not be the way you would like but know this is something you can build on over time so that the stress levels are not so high… For those of you who are up for whatever comes your way, I commend you and say embrace your day as I am sure this will create opportunities for you in the future also.

Whatever path you take, make sure what you do is in the best interest
of your family 
and not what you feel is right to keep others happy…

 

The shops at this time of year are crazy, but we all still need to eat and essentials need to be replaced. For some you may be blessed with being able to leave your children with someone, for others I am aware this is not the case. If this is so then be mindful once again of your limitations and your childs too. There may be a time of day that is better for your child to cope with the business of shops or maybe its the length of time you are there. Whichever the case may be it all comes down to having a plan that works for you and making sure that you stick with it to reduce the impact on everyone. By heading to the shops when our boy was younger at an ideal time meant that it was more productive. Yes we still had the stress but it was less than if we had gone at a time that did not work for him. Then having a plan that did not push his limitations made a huge difference with snacks to keep him occupied on the journey… As he has got older we now have treats at the different locations that we go and this has made the difference to what we do as well as adding great value to our experiences as a family…

Life may seem filled with obstacles,
and with the right approach we can turn them into opportunities.

 

Christmas is the season to be jolly, which means creating experiences that are fun for everyone. These experiences will often be different in our house when you have a child on the Autism Spectrum. All this does is show us there are many more ways to enjoy the festive season and that diversity and flexibility in life becomes of greater value… Our children see the world differently to so many and as long as the experiences shared bring joy to everyone’s face it really does not matter how you as a family embrace the Festive Season as it is all about creating memories for everyone…

May the Festive Season bring joy into your home and into your hearts. May it bring love wrapped up in a gift ready to explode in everyone’s house as the joy of Christmas is shared and memories are made. Take the highlights in any given moment and place them in your heart and soul and know that you an amazing person for what you do and to ensure everyone gains the most from their experiences at this time of year…

A Very Merry Christmas to Each and Every One of You,
from My Family to Yours…
And may this season be jolly and filled an abundance of joy….

 

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