With Christmas fast approaching I was trying to figure out what I wanted for Christmas. I was looking at all the gift guides and I had thought about putting one together of what a Sensory Mom would want for Christmas, but I realized that what I really want for Christmas isn’t on a gift guide. It’s not a tangible list of things that someone can give me. It’s a list of wishes.
I don’t need more stuff. I don’t need more toys in my house that don’t get played with or expensive gifts that only get used once. I don’t need thoughtful and personal gifts because they don’t fill this space that I need filled during the Holiday season. So here’s what I really want for Christmas this year and maybe it’s a little of what you want this year too…
JOY: Joy is at the top of my list this year. More than anything I wish for more JOY. Sensory Processing Disorder has stolen a lot of joy from our family, our life together, and my daughter. I wish for more joy in our life together, that it would overtake the meltdowns and disrupt the everyday challenges of the difficulty of daily living tasks. That my daughter would experience more JOY in life and find happiness in the simplicity of living.
PEACE: I wish for more peace in my home. The past 5.5 years of parenting have been turbulent. I wish for fewer meltdowns and more calm. I wish for peace in my heart of knowing that I am doing enough to help my daughter. I wish for peace in my marriage that through all the challenges we’d grow closer together. Most of all for peace in my daughter’s physical body that the chaos of her nervous system would quiet.
HOPE: We’ve had a steady growth pattern over the last 3 years of impacting the challenges we are faced with at about a 1% growth rate. My hope is to see a greater return, we’ve invested more into her therapy this year and my hope is that we will see results in leaps and bounds. My hope is that we will be able to gain just a little bit more life back.
SLEEP: Sleep deprivation, I’m ready to be done with you. I wish for more sleep this year. More sleep for all of us. We are all exhausted. Sleeping through the night would be a Christmas miracle.
LOVE: This is probably one of my favorites. Sometimes, I think that this is the answer to so many problems. My wish is that LOVE would overwhelm our house this year. May it conquer fears and discredit insecurities. My wish is that in our house we would know how deeply each of us is loved, in our marriage and in our family.
HEALTH: My wish is for better health, we’ve been hit hard this fall and I’m ready for better health for all of us. My wish is for strong healthy immune systems and healthy bodies. A better balance in life and less stress. UGH, the stress…I wish for less stress and more health.
And for you (and for me too)… I wish for you all the best this Holiday season, may you find joy in the small moments and unconditional love in the tough moments. Celebrate the season to best fit your family’s needs and know that you aren’t alone in the challenges faced with parenting a child with Sensory Processing Disorder.
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