By: Jacqueline Koutsoufis
As a parent I find myself having mixed emotions about the school year winding down and coming to an end. I feel like I’m riding a roller coaster waiting for the drop and quick turns. As I climb the high hill of excitement that comes with not having to rush out the door early in the morning, pack lunches for school and fight the dreaded homework battle. I know this excitement will only be short lived and the first quick turn will bring the new battle of camp and settling into a new less planned and structured schedule
Add in a few surprise trips and hopefully some time spent relaxing with the family, you’ve got the makings of a fun summer ride.
My children are used to having a somewhat busy schedule. From the time my son was two we have had therapy appointments or services in the home. Literally 40 hours of services a week and after years of hard work he no longer needs all these services. No more long appointments, or special services in or out of the home. We have gone from 40 hours a week to a slim 8 hours a week of ABA.
He is free to be a normal kid we are free to be a normal family. And how do I plan to do this? By planning nothing! Just do what we feel like. I’m not going to worry if my kids say they are bored. I will have a pile of new books to read or puzzles to build and even a list of household chores. I will have my list of secret activities and destinations, but I refuse to stress myself out over keeping my children on a tight schedule and busy for the summer.
On to new memories, adventurous unscheduled days, relaxing times, and probably a few tantrums and cries of boredom. I could not be more excited to see what this summer has in store! It has been worth it to see my boy grow and become the little person we always knew was there just stuck in his shell waiting and working so hard to come out. After years of hard work we are free to explore what we have missed out on because of hours of intense therapy.