I’m going to put something out there that I may regret saying later.
Sometimes I think something is seriously wrong with this child.
I’ve researched autism (not it), and Sensory Processing Disorder (very possibly playing into the hardness)…..and a host of other things. We limit sugar, and I try to avoid red & yellow dyes.
Because there has to be *SOME* explanation as to why raising this kid is so hard, right? RIGHT??!
Today started out with good intentions.
I had a Five In A Row (FIAR) lesson planned out. I chose the book, and had a host of ways to expound upon it ready to go.
We read the first page – THE FIRST PAGE – before things went downhill.
The FIAR lesson suggested asking the child to determine which shore the main character (Miss Rumphius) lived on. You’re supposed to determine that she lives on the NorthEast coast by the snow in the picture.
Simple enough, right?
I asked him what he thought. (because that’s what you’re *supposed*to do.) I guided him from the living room into the dining room where our wall map of the world is hanging to give him a visual image of what I was asking him. Somehow, he got it stuck in his mind that he needed a compass to determine where she was. (Really? A COMPASS?). I was (calmly) explaining to him that he didn’t need a compass, just the map, and asked my question again with the visuals.
Oh my goodness, the meltdown that ensued.
I gave up. Lesson time over. Done for now.
Please hear me: this is not beyond his abilities. No, he can absolutely answer my question. It was the fact that HE thought he needed his compass (which, only God knows where it is right now….!), and that I had my own agenda that did not include said compass.
Have you been there before? Please, if you have…..tell me what you do in situations like this. This is one of those days where I was blindsided by the sheer hardness. It doesn’t always happen, and this one came seemingly out of nowhere.
(and yes, he has eaten, so it wasn’t a low-blood-sugar meltdown…we have those plenty often too).
I welcome suggestions from parents of strong-willed children. (I do write for all parents, but unless you deal regularly with a strong-willed child, the methods used don’t often apply here. I have one that is not-so-strong-willed and it is VERY different parenting her!)