Wednesday 1 October 2014

Back to Dealing with Life

The post-vacation challenges hit us quickly on our return.  I'm swamped enough with work that I haven't been able to write in the afternoons.  Instead I'm still returning calls and emails in an effort to catch up.

Alex did fairly well on his first few days home but now we're dealing with a return of him being aggressive after he's told no.  We've had four incidents in the last 36 hours where I've told Alex he couldn't do something (or had to do something he didn't want to do) and he ran over and shoved Nathan.

We're sticking with the timeout procedure but at a time when I'm already stretched thin, it's a challenge to keep to the program.

We discovered Nathan had an aggressive incident at school on the Friday when we were due to come home.  But the teacher didn't tell me about it until Monday evening.  I'd asked her to let me know about such incidents so that we could enact an immediate penalty.  Putting it off several days greatly reduces the effectiveness. 

Once again, the trigger was putting a note in Nathan's agenda.  I'm going to have to think of something so that's not such an issue.

Aside from that, I'm also trying to deal with managing the laundry from our trip (and our regular mammoth loads), organizing the logistics for various appointments this month and deal with requests from our local Beaver troupe and my writing group.

I could definitely use an actual vacation right about now.

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