Today is Day 13 in the series 31 days to loving sensory parenting. You can see all the posts so far here.
What is the weirdest thing your Sensory kiddo does? Now, I know it’s probably hard to think of it on the spot like this. If you are like me you probably blank some of it out. Like: having to ask your child to not lick (fill in the blank).
5 year olds in general I think are pretty quirky. So right now, I think we are at the height of it. But there’s a few sensory things like: constant spinning, stomping feet, jumping, this weird yoga move with hands and feet on the floor but then one foot in the air, and rolling back and forth on the carpet. Then there’s the areas Miss Sensory struggles with like: being able to sit still, lack of communication, inability to wait, and difficulty with conversation.
Sometimes, I’d like to give people reasons for all these things, the quirks and the delays. But that’s where I stop myself. I think sometimes we like to have a reason for things, why they are the way they are. Maybe, it’s a fear of people judging, we think if they just really knew why my child was this way then they wouldn’t judge ME.
Because that’s often how we feel as parents isn’t it?
So here’s my challenge for us (I’m including myself in this) parenting kids with Sensory Processing Disorder… let’s own it.
Let’s own every non-food object that gets licked. Every wild movement. Every weird outfit or lack of clothing.
I’m not saying lets skip teaching our kids what is socially appropriate but let’s own the weird, quirky, sensory parts that we’d rather do without. Let’s own them without apologies, without excuses or reasons.
I really think that in owning them we can be empowered to love our kids more. These things will grate us. It’s so often now that Mr. Sensory and I will look over and shrug our shoulders at each other as we notice one of these “quirks” going on. We’ve realized it’s just part of the package. I wish I could adequately display the amount of joy that flashes across Miss Sensory’s face when we join her in her foot stomping or weird yoga moves. Own it.