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What to do when you are having one of those days… and you are homeschooling…

Like yeah… I had one of those days… Am I the only one? I want to believe I’m not.  Guys I woke up today tired, and sweet Fafy woke up on Mars! no way I could bring her to planet Earth and pay attention to life in this planet.

If you are a first time guess in my little blog, let me tell ya, I homeschool, I homeschool my THREE kids, but here is the twist one my kiddos is my sweet flower Fafy who also happens to have autism!

Having that clear, you can imagine how challenging was my day.  But for this days I have an strategy, and it just occur to me that I might share it.

So, without further ado here is how I cope:

1.  Make that cup of coffee!  or whatever gets your day going, have that extra long shower, make that breakfast omelette.

2.  Start slow, you own your time, no bells will ring.

3.  Arm your self of patience… Yes! you know this is the kind of day that will require repeating your self many times, you will have to read that book more than one time (because she/he wasn’t paying attention, in that case audiobooks are your friend, they can read along, and YouTube has bunches of them), and today is the day of the easiest math lesson, and yet today is the day they won’t get it.  So be prepared, and don’t despair (although I do despair, and end up pulling my own hair, but try, you may be better than me at it).

4.  Paper! Have lots of lots of paper on hand! today is the day that everything is gonna have to be done twice, than your usually neat kiddo, will have a dirty, wrinkly paper, or all the answers will be switched.  We use Saxon Math, so in order to help my daughter go through it with ease I type the lesson practice and the mixed lessons, so she can visualize it better, also it helps when we have days like this one, because if she has to go over the lesson one more time she can repeat them with no fuss, we just have to print it again.

On a side note, I know is cray cray to type all the lesson practice and mixed lessons of Saxon, but you don’t have to be crazy like me, leave that to the nuts 😉

5.  Forfeit the “less important work”, I know… everything is important, but some days, just do one or two things well, and leave the rest for the next day, nobody will die.

6.  At the end of the day, and you try really hard to be a good homeschool mama, you try the 5 steps, but couldn’t make it without loosing it, raising your voice, and being a human… forgive your self, kiss your dearest and ask them for forgiveness, explain to them that you are a mama that is trying her best, and that you are so pleased that God is a God of second chances, pray with them as you ask God for forgiveness too, and you know what mama? that is the best lesson you could ever give your child on days like this.

I am not perfect and I suspect you are not perfect either, but guess what? We are not call to be!! yay! we are call to be real, to chase after God, so do that and teach your kiddos to do it.

Ok, now I’ll wrap it up until I have another meltdown, end up crying at night, and have something to say.

XOXO,

Jacquie

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How autism looks like: Dancing

 

Every person is different and this is specially true to people with autism, but most of them enjoy music, making it, listening to it, dancing to it, etc.
This is specially true in my daughter’s case, she loves music… music calms her down, it relaxes her and makes it easier for her to learn.

There are two things that have been fundamental for her:  God and Music.

For those who are non believers it might be a shock, awkward and might even be angry.

But believing in God, having a positive view of what life is thru God, trusting in Him when things are difficult for her has helped her cope with the world.  Whenever she is stressed out (as often happens with autism) she prays, she remembers a bible verse and it helps her, she remembers than there is somebody bigger than her or anybody else, and that helps.  Her heart is filled by God and she rests… as we all should.

This video is the combination of both, God and music.  Christian music always has a positive connotation that is so important in anyone and specially in her life.

So here she is dancing to a Christian tune, that as always leaves her with bunches of joy 🙂

If I can say something to a parent, family member, care giver, friend or acquaintance of a person with autism is this:  Fill them with positive thoughts and the music of their liking.

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Dream & Work

I often find my self Arttalking about the same, but what can I do? I need to self-cheer… lol

So, here is the thing, I’m a dreamer, I’m a day dreamer, every moment that I have for my self, every time I drive, every time I shower.  I dream about a whole arrange of things:  What would I do with $10,000.00, how would I look like without 10 pounds, how would I update my house, how would my dream vacation be, and yes I most admit I dream about how life could be without autism, I dream how my daughter character could have been, I dream of the things we could do or how would it be if my daughter recovers, what would she tell me … the list goes on and on… and those are nice dreams, but they’re dreams, nothing else, reality is different.

I’m currently working as hard as I can with my daughter, but sometimes -like I said in another post- I get bored and can’t find energy inside of me, but today I had a breakthrough!! I found this quote on Pinterest:

“I never dreamed for success.  I worked for it”  Estee Lauder.

That thing fell like the lost piece of a puzzle!! Stop dreaming for crying out loud! DO!! that’s how dreams come true!! it is so logical, but we loose sight of the easiest and most logical things when we feel overwhelmed.  So that simple, keep the dream in mind, but not as a dream keep it AS A GOAL!!

So cheers to the dreams that can come true with hard work!!

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Update on Sophie and is he our first volunteer?

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I’m having the craziest month in history.  First my husband left to work out of state, then he came back injured… that alone was enough, but now the kids have what I guess is a virus, because they have fevers without any other symptoms and are missing school and home school, not to mention that Sophie and I lost the Son-Rise rythim we had… sigh… (I haven’t even had the time to play with my Julep and Ipsy boxes 😦 )

Oh well, is November the month to be thankful and I guess I have to be thankful for the challenges right? RIGHT?

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First Review

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fall park dayI don’t even want to call this my monthly review, because truth is I’ve been inconsistent with my daughter’s son rise therapy.

A lot of times I have felt awkward, not in the sense of feeling awkward with her, but with my self.  I can’t seem to be creative enough while playing and at times I don’t know what to do… how to build an exciting game or even how to feel excited.  There come times when I feel extremely sleepy inside the playroom.  And times where I have just been sick.

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The miracle room

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When you arrive to the Autism Center of America, this is the first sign you see:

aplaceformiraclesIt is very inspirational and almost makes you cry! I think everybody walks back to the entrance to snap a pic of the sign 😉 …because this is what we are all looking for…

In a world that has told us that our dreams are impossible, WE -a group of parents- finally found a place of encouragement, fill with people who actually tells us to dream big, that miracles do happen! that the impossible is possible!

So after a week of training, off we went to our homes… to work in our miracle.  And a very important part is the “playroom” or the “miracle room” as I want to call it for now on.

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