Today is day 31 in the series 31 Days to Loving Sensory Parenting. You can read all the posts so far here.
In the past few days we’ve talked about taking time off for you, your marriage and your family. Today we are talking about taking time off for your child.
I don’t know about your house, but in our house everyday life is really a challenge. The things that come easy for a lot of 5 year olds, aren’t easy for our 5 year old.
There are an unending amount of things we need to work on, areas we need to approve and therapy we need to do. I am grateful that the therapy we do is at least fun. It’s all about making it a game.
But, I think sometimes, we need to give our kids days off!
So what do I mean by taking a day off for your child? Think about when you take a day off for a vacation. It means you get out of your regular schedule (as scary as that sounds with a kid that thrives on routine I know!!), it means doing something different. It means delaying the things you need to do and doing a couple of things you want to do or that you enjoy. It’s a day to not think of all the things I have to do and let my mind relax.
For a child it means, having more fun! For our child it means staying home. It means staying in pajamas because we don’t have to go anywhere. It means doing something we don’t normally do.
It also means not having to do therapy. Maybe even not having to do bath time or even brushing your teeth. Because today, is a day off.
I promise its ok if you don’t make them brush their teeth for one day. They might not even notice.
1. Have them come up with fun ideas that they would like to do.
2. Try not to say no (child wants to color, say YES I’d love to color).
3. Enjoy the breathing room a day off brings.
We all need one, once and awhile. Including our kids. A day where they can be just a kid. A day to play and have fun. A day to where whatever they want!