Why am I so excited that all the boys will be having dinner with their Mom tonight?

The boys see Dr. Pattie tonight before going to have dinner with their Mom and Grandparents. Gavin’s feeling quite relieved that he won’t be left out, due to illness.  Elliott and Emmett will also be relieved that they won’t be going without him. 

Since everything has changed in their/our lives, they tend to prefer sticking together as a group. 

This is why I was so amazed that Elliott went this past weekend, even though Emmett was home sick.  Good for Elliott because that’s a big step forward for him.  Truthfully, if one of them stays home from school, the other does not want to be at school alone.

Anyhow, they will all be going tonight and that’s a shift back to our more typical routine.  Routines are soooooo important for kids on the Autism Spectrum, that they cannot be overstated.

I’m all about getting them back into their routine be a use its good for them and it’s also good for me as well…. ☺

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Kim Gebhardt
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It seems like them not having a routine is the actual routine at times. I’m not trying to give you a hard time; everyone has surprises or emergencies or just things that make routines impossible at times, but for kids who are in super need of a routine, you really don’t have any more of a routine than the average family.

Just an observation. : )

Rob Gorski
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You are such a Debbie downer….. ☺

There’s always routine because there’s multiple routines we have throughout each and every day. When someone gets sick, it sets off a chain reaction sometimes and getting the vast majority of the routines back online is a challenge….

Kim Gebhardt
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I’m a Debbie Downer? AAAAAHHAHAHAHAHAH

Rob Gorski
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Yes… You always have something critical or negative to say… You can’t just bite your tongue or take the post as what’s it’s meant for. You infer that I’m a downer… You have a glimpse of my life and that’s all. You have no real idea of what it takes to do what parents like myself do..

I’m certainly not downplaying the challenges you have in your life but this is a blog about special needs parenting, not regular parenting or anything else for that matter.

Kim Gebhardt
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I am far from the only one who is critical of you, I’m just the one who happens to post the most often. That said, I am a realist and I call it like I see it. This is less of a blog to help people than it is a blog where you get to whine and have people call you a hero and the world’s greatest dad. I know that your life is not easy, and I know that your single parenthood is probably worse than the average single parent’s life, but so many of your challenges and mistakes… Read more »
dotdash
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See, this is the kind of post that is ridiculous. You can’t lay waste to people and then say “I wish you all the best”. It just doesn’t work that way.

Mo
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The truth is not laying waste to someone. Sometimes it’s to help them see what is happening and hope they can make adjustments

dotdash
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I just do not see how any of us are in a position to know what the truth is about someone else’s life — and what is or is not a huge mistake. We could much more profitably correct our own mistakes than point out the (possible) mistakes of others.

First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. Matthew 7:5.

Mo
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Unless he is lying he spews the truth all over the Internet.

Rob Gorski
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Dot,

I really appreciate it but you’re wasting your time. It’s okay… It’s just part of gig I guess. I hope all is well with you and yours.

Kim Gebhardt
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I did not lay waste to him and I do wish him all the best. I wasn’t saying that as a way of dismissing him, I was simply letting him know that I wish him and the boys the best. I can disagree with someone’s life choices or decisions and still wish them the best, the two things are not mutually exclusive. As for my post being ridiculous, that’s your opinion. I happen to think it’s ridiculous to tell someone how great they are when they’ve made yet another huge ‘mistake’ that has a terribly negative impact on their children.
Rob Gorski
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Kim, as much as you may think you know what’s best, from wherever you’re at, the truth is, you can’t possibly know better than the one who’s actually going through it.

While I try to educate the average person, my goal is to relate to other people going through something similar. What you may perceive as whining, 10 other people say, “I totally get it”…

I believe you wish the best, I really do. You’re approach tends to make some of the things you say, unhelpful…..

Kim Gebhardt
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That’s the thing, I don’t think I know what’s best. I have no idea what it’s like to be you, just as you have no idea what it’s like to be me. What I think is that sometimes it’s easier to see something from the outside than it is to try and see it from in the vortex of a tornado. When people deal with something day in and day out, they tend to start to overthink the simplest of problems and Occam and his razor cease to exist. And while my approach might not be the prettiest thing you… Read more »
Karalyn Fett
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Honestly, you do ALWAYS have something negative to say. Even on a post as simple as oil diffusers you were condescending and snarky. I don’t think you have good intentions, whatsoever. I honestly have to completely skim over any comments that I see your name attached to because you are ALWAYS nitpicking at something irrelevant. Contrary to your all-knowing belief, you have no idea what is best for this family. At all. Ever. End of story. But Christ do you always make your irrelevant opinion known. You see through a MINUSCULE sized window in to this family’s life and think… Read more »
Rob Gorski
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What mistake is that? Sending the boys to have dinner with their Mother? Last time I checked, she gave birth to them and has a right to see them. Whether or not that’s a huge mistake in not for you to decide. Right now, it’s up to myself and the boys therapist until we get everything finalized and have a court order. What I am doing is trying to make the best out of a very complex situation and most people recognize that. Do I want to be doing this? No way… What I want doesn’t matter because it’s not… Read more »
Rob Gorski
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Thanks dot….. ☺

Rob Gorski
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Again, you make too many assumptions with absolutely no first hand knowledge.. Are you even a parent? To say that a single Dad with 3 special needs kids has it probably worse than the average family, is why I have such a hard time taking anything you have to say seriously because you haven’t clue. How many people have stated that they have both special needs and typical child/children and that it’s not really even comparable… There are challenges in every single day that the typical parent wouldn’t even know what to do with. We all have our challenges and… Read more »
Alyssa Rogers Williams
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Wow, didn’t expect this barrage from such a seemingly innocuous post. 😉 I don’t know how to tag Kim and you Rob via Disqus so I’m just going to reply here. I get both sides here somewhat. When I first started reading this blog (former title from CNN link) I came to learn about autism as a woman I know got the diagnosis that her child was on the spectrum. I knew zero about the different degrees and the differentials even within the different aspects. But via the blog (s) it seemed such a rare situation that I kept reading… Read more »
dotdash
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Kim, I don’t know if you know how some of your comments read. Maybe you have the biggest smile on your face when you write, or maybe you intend it in a kindly manner, but plain text doesn’t convey that softening communication and it can come off as blunter and a bit harsher than you probably mean.

mindfulmom
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I think Kim, IMHO, sometimes tries to do a bit of a check with rob regarding the inaccurate reporting that sometimes appears in his blog (ie his report that elliot missed 10 days of school when the report card he showed selliot missed 13 and his teacher was concerned by his absences; times when he will note the boys rarely do something but if you are following the post it is a pretty regular occurrence like emmett school refusal and his not sleeping on his own). I also think kim understands that this is a blog about special needs parenting;… Read more »
Rob Gorski
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As far the report card goes, I didn’t see 13 days. I was estimating the days missed. Certainly not trying to mislead anyone. I don’t care that Kim questions me. It’s all about approach. She’s asked plenty of really good questions but I get frustrated when anyone assumes they either know better or that they’re opinion is correct, regardless of my first hand knowledge of the situation I’m living it. The comment in question was about not providing my kids with routine.. How would anyone other than the people in my life know the routines we have. I write about… Read more »
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