Since Mr. Pants was born we have been in a constant state of change. As his parents, we fluctuate. We bend. We make plans and then change them. We leave parties early and I often abandon my shopping cart. Because sometimes life is really hard for kids and when you add sensory integration frenzy, a little OCD (mom diagnosed) and his absolute need to predict the routine, that can make the holidays a stressful time.
A few weeks ago I showed up at pre-school excited to be a room mom for his Halloween party. What I hadn’t thought of was that when I show up at school, to him that means it’s time to go home. I tried to explain that I wanted to stay and have a party with his friends. But you know it didn’t go well, right? Yeah, mama doesn’t get to be room mom anymore. It made me sad but it also reminded me that while Mr. Pants is making great strides in being out in the world, he still needs us to consider his need for routine. I appreciated the reminder because here we are heading into the big holidays. The ones that are enough to stress out typical kids let alone our sensational ones. …continue reading