Make sure kids have long pants (to keep ticks off!), rain gear and sturdy, closed toe shoes or boots for sleepaway camp. Outside of camp trips were canceled last summer. Why is that? For me, it was the learned habit of always putting myself last. Last Chance for Fall Fun! Eventually, he returned to normal and the wobbling stopped, but that was the last straw for me. As soon as we returned home, we reached out to our son’s pediatrician, and that was enough to convince him that we needed to find answers. Find local programs near you by using the online search tool. Each beach or lakeshore location will have strict limits (decided by the local municipalities) on the number of beachgoers allowed on a given day, and social distancing rules will be in effect and enforced. Stumpy’s Hatchet House has other locations in NJ in Eatontown (its first location ever), Delran, Fairfield and Green Brook, and there’s a Princeton location opening in November. Our little guy was somewhere between kindergarten and first grade at the time, and it happened out of the blue. He freaked out the first time we went to a bowling alley, although it didn’t bother his siblings.
What’s ironic, I think especially for moms, is that we’ll move heaven and earth to do for our children what we wouldn’t take the time to do for ourselves. And, ironically, it was the introductory questionnaire provided by this specialist that made me think about my own issues as well. The good thing is that in dealing with the issues of our children, we can often find the answers to what ails us as well. So, as we consider the changes we’ve had to undergo during this pandemic, I’d like to share that I’m a firm believer that a child’s learning environment can either complement or complicate his or her issues. Ask your teachers for a virtual meeting 1-2 times per week for your child so that he or she can provide instruction and take the pressure off of you, the parent, a few times per week. Add a few of your favorite quotes or pick up a book you love and add a heartfelt inscription. The details: If downward dog is their favorite way to relax, bring all her friends to the studio to get their Zen on. And as protective parents, often the things that we don’t see, or won’t see, in ourselves can become crystal clear in our children, especially as they get older.
So if you want to get the maximum benefit from the shot, get it early in the season. Part of the diagnosis was sensory processing disorder (SPD), something that also explained his natural sensitivity to loud noises. We’d never heard of SPD. If your child has special needs, check out Music Connection, the music therapy program where students ages six and up learn an instrument of their choice in a small group setting. In sum, minimize the guilt, anxiety and juggling by creating a consistent sleep and wake schedule, setting a limit for the number of hours of schoolwork for each day, integrate breaks, and give credence to daily family and life activities that promote engagement and connection. When we don’t sleep enough, our health pays the price. Don’t forget to check out the volunteer schedule to find the nearest volunteer center sorted by county. But long story short, we were able to find and treat the problem with occupational therapy along with a plan for school.
But that’s another story for another day. If she loves ice cream, give her a serious sugar rush on her special day with a party at Cool Mess. Every child’s different. Special needs children have an extra dose of difference, and determining the best placement regarding mainstreaming is often a trial-and-error process. As one of the other students salted the rims of mason jar glasses, we watched as Shelley expertly poured tequila into a large pitcher, adding fresh lime juice and a special citrusy syrup and mixing the whole thing together. Mrs. IDEA encourages activities like baking and cooking “where students can read recipes and measure out ingredients. With this cute carafe, I can make a whole bunch of dressing all at once (hits self in forehead for not thinking of this sooner) and the patented BlenderBall makes sure all my ingredients are well-mixed. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how becoming a parent can force us to face our own demons, if we haven’t dealt with them already. All I can tell you is that it was a genuinely scary moment for us as parents.