Monday, August 17, 2009

Siblings and multiple activities

One child with autism; one child without...

Life is always a balancing act. Heck, I grew up in a family with 4 kids - our weekends were always filled up with sports, hobbies, and school & extra-curricular activities. Didn't seem like a big deal back then, but today I have no idea how my parents managed to get us to every event on time, let alone stay and watch!

We've always bumped up against this problem with C & J, but balancing the two's activities is becoming more of a challenge as they grow.

I read an interesting article about this topic last week, written by Steve Heureux.

Unfortunately, no one has a perfect solution and there's no magic recipe. Just to do the best you can - include the siblings in each other's activities as much as possible, let them learn from each other & learn about each other, and provide parental love, support & encouragement. At least until I can clone myself &/or the kids...

(Steve's article also touches on the challenges of finding help, since a typical baby-sitter probably can't/won't handle the child with autism. - and neither will some family members! But that's a topic for a whole 'nother post..)

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