Raising young kids is hard — especially when one has a severe ADHD diagnosis. He has some severe behavioral patterns that escalate quickly, and often the cool-down process takes a while. Sometimes, like in many households, bedtime is an absolute war zone. It’s like they’ve forgotten that we just did this 24 hours ago.
When my oldest has hard days at school or at home, it usually carries over into bedtime and makes it exponentially more difficult. So tonight when it was time for the bedtime routine, it was interrupted by an outburst. This was the biggest outburst we’ve seen in quite some, and it was accompanied by some disciplinary action.
The cool-down process, surprisingly, did not take very long. In the process of cooling down and trying to get him back in a good mood, I joked about how my feet were stinky (which was the case; I’d been working all day). I thought he would just be 6-year-old-grossed-out, but instead, he said. “I have an idea. I want to do for daddy what Ms. Melanie did for me at nighttime church.”
He then started the process of getting a washcloth, a small towel, and a bowl of water. You see, a couple of weeks … Continue reading