August 24, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Yesterday, I was embarrassed and humiliated by my kids' behavior while we were at a neighbor's house. My tendency in those moments is to become overwhelmed and feel like a mothering failure. But in that moment, instead of beating myself up, I thought What is one thing I can implement NOW with my children that will help change their behavior?

I realized that I've gotten off track in a few ways that are easily fixable if I'm willing to take the time and energy to get them back on track. I often have good intentions, but then fail to follow through. Instead of proactive parenting, I become reactionary--telling them to stop what they're doing instead of having thought through what it is I do want them to do.

With a new school year starting tomorrow, we're getting back on track with our memory verses. I'm also adding a monthly emphasis verse that relates to relationships in the home. Our first will be Romans 12:10: "Honor one another above yourselves." My goal is to collect stories and word pictures that help explain what respect and honor mean and discuss these before bed. I'll let you know how that goes!

As a part of our new family schedule, I'm excited about starting Social Stories with Will. Social Stories help kids on the autism spectrum understand difficult concepts such as social interactions and change in routine. If you're interested, I really like the book I'm using, which you can see here.

Here's to a new school year!