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This year is ending and a new one is beginning.
You know what this means?
Time for New Years Resolution for the autism mom!
Last year I made the resolution to be more intentional with everything.
Well, it’s been a crazy busy year and although I started out really well it has been a struggle to be intentional about some things.
This year I decided I want to focus on my relationship with my kids and how I am with them and around them. If you’re a busy mom (are there non-busy moms?) you know what I’m talking about! Can we do this together?
Kids are little sponges. They watch and observe and learn from you. Neurotypical developing kids are really good at this. I’m pretty sure my two-year-old thinks she’s actually a fifty-year-old trapped two-year-old body.
Even though it’s a little harder for autistic kids, they catch on too. Especially if it’s something you do constantly. They will pick it up and they will learn it.
And how much more responsibility you have that you have to TEACH your autistic child so many things that they can’t just pick up from the world around them? What immense pressure.
Let’s make resolutions this new year by implementing some new “lessons”, for ourselves … and some for our kids.
1. Have a solid morning routine.
I talk about it and teach about it but I need to try harder to actually do it!
Do you have a morning routine? Isn’t it about time?
2. Create more visual graphics for your homeschool and home life.
You can use the ones I created or make your own! Visual schedules are amazing.
3. Read more scripture with the kids.
Create and find some great activities to make it fun and easy to understand as well.
4. Get serious about teaching life skills.
What is it that your child needs to learn? Or that you want them to learn?
I know I have a few things I would love to teach C.
5. Try even harder NOT to yell at the kids.
I know I need to do another challenge for myself and you mamas on the Instagram. Tell me I’m not alone?
6. Spend one on one time with each of your kids.
This is so important to your children. Find ideas that work. Make schedules, graphics and have fun!
7. Give more responsibilities to your kids.
Age appropriate of course, but give them more than you think they can handle. They will surprise you.
8. Do not negatively to yourself around the kids.
Yes, we all feel it but our children should not be witness to it. It can be so hard and there can be many days when you feel like you failed as a mom (I know I have those days…)
But you are amazing and you are doing great!
And your kids think you’re the greatest mom ever!
9. Let things go!
Anyone else singing “Let it go! Let it go!” I am such a planner and organizer. This one will be difficult and I may need post-it reminders everywhere!
10. Let God be in control and see what He has in store for you!
How about letting go and stop stressing about what tomorrow holds. And just watch what God does with your life.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” Mathew 6:34
You Got this mama! Let’s have a great year!
The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. – Luke 1:28-38