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Just a quick note about the meal time issue. I feel your pain!!! I keep telling myself that I’m going to buckle down soon and make him sit at the table and eat a meal, but that has yet to happen. Even when its a food he loves he just won’t do it. Oh and the other thing about dinner time in particular that I keep saying I am going to stop is him undressing at dinner time down to his underwear! It started out as just when he got something on his shirt he would take it off, now the appropriate dinner attire at our house is underwear or shorts only.
Sounds like you guys overall had a successful winter break!
Your day sounds very similar to mine with my 8 year old son. Though he does sit and eat his meal, but once he’s finished he wants the next thing or leaves the table.
Our hols was better than I thought it would be, I was expecting 2 weeks of kicking and screaming, because his routine has changed so much. Like your son, mine needs a timeline, which he uses very well at school, but at home not so much (maybe it’s our fault that we have one set up like they do in his school). School is so rigid and structure that it is hard to match that at home, what if you want to just sit and relax or pop to the shops, does all this have to timelined? It’s not easy to have this kind of rigid timeline at home, which causes my son distress at times.
Please keep blogging, it’s good to read someone else’s experiences to see that we are not alone in this.
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