I sit here this morning in front of my computer with a hot cup of coffee and some time to myself. Earlier, I dragged my kids through their morning routine (it's like herding cats), drove them to school, exercised for an hour, cleaned and vacuumed, made a shopping list for later, and played with our cats for a bit. Glamorous eh? I'm just glad the kids went to school! I can't tell you how much I disliked hated all the days off we've had due to weather and the holidays before them.
Julia and I spent hours each day at our local park in all sorts of weather. Rain and snow and sleet... oh my! Even the ridiculous cold those two days from the polar vortex didn't discourage her... we just bundled up, she played, and I walked around trying not to freeze solid. Other than our trips to the park we stayed home. I think I mentioned in an earlier post that for many months now Julia has refused to get out of the car at any store. I used to run errands with her, but not anymore...
And of course, I get nothing done with my darling daughter at home. Her OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) issues pretty much rule the roost... well, at least they rule me. If I'm not meeting some need/demand of hers I'm required to sit in my chair in front of this computer... which isn't that bad because I can entertain myself but nothing around the house is accomplished until she's asleep.
You might say that I should challenge her and I do on occasion when something really, really, really needs done but in general it's not worth the shrieking and violent flare ups. I'm in contact with a handful of other parents of kids with issues like this... lining things up, "organizing" things the way they want/need, moving people and furniture about, and of course having meltdowns when challenged or something is out of place or for no apparent reason (that's my favorite). Most of the time all of our nerves are shot, we're drained, and zombie walking through the day. But misery loves company right?? *fist bump*
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