How many of you have asked yourself, will this ever get easier?
I for one, was asking myself that very same question this morning.
Mr. Elliott Richard was more than a handful this morning. Lately, he’s been flat out refusing to listen to what we tell him to do.
Today, he refused to out his socks and shoes on. I had to basically drag him out to the van when it was time to go.
When we got to the school, he refused to leave the van. It probably took 10 or 15 minutes to convince him to leave the van and head into the building. I was pretty flustered to be honest.
Elliott’s not the kind of kid that’s looking for a reaction.
I really think that he’s just trying to gain control over his life. I have no problem with that, in fact I support that. The problem is that he’s going about this in a way that is causing the family as a whole, including himself, a great deal of stress.
Last night he had big problems before bed. He fefused to gonti bed and then was so upset that he couldn’t fall asleep.
I eventually had to physically lay down with him before he would calm down enough to fall asleep.
It’s only 8:35 am and I’m already completely exhausted.
I truly hate having his day begin like this. I hate having him leave the van and walk into the building upset.
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My two cents: can you give him some sort of illusion of control? Ie: would you rather put your shoes on at home or in the car? or 5 minutes or 10? etc? Maybe you've tried it, I don't know. But i know that works for some of the kiddos I work with.
We try to give him as much control as possible 🙂
Its so tough when they have those resistant days. My little son fought me last night tooth and nail on everything, because his OCD is kicking up. He's such a sweet, cooperative boy most of the time. Last night I got so frustrated with him I stormed out his room upset, which made him cry. We had another battle again this morning. Talk about exhausting. I hate OCD.
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