Written By Christine
Christine is a (mostly) stay at home mum to 2 boys and a little girl. Join her as she navigates life raising a special needs child and all of the trials and triumphs that she and her family encounter on their journey.Read Her Blog "Sometimes Holland Feels Like Hell"
That’s all Cam is doing now.
Testing our patience. Testing his limits. Testing his boundaries.
From what we are hearing he’s not the only 11 year old who is a complete jerk all the time.
He doesn’t listen.
He doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do.
He talks back and is disrespectful.
He thinks his life sucks.
He never gets what he wants (according to him).
I keep reminding him that he is not showcasing the characteristics he DOES possess that lead him to be awarded the Principals Award for Student Leadership at his grade 5 grad last June.
I sometimes feel bad for Eva and Cam. It can’t be easy for them, living with the daily challenges that autism brings with it.
But c’mon – there really is no excuse for bad behaviour.
Cuyler’s autism sure as sh!t won’t be an excuse for other people’s bad behaviour.
Not long, right??
It won’t get worse as he heads into his teen years, right???
My strategies thus far have been
- ignoring him
- not yelling at him
- not giving him the reaction or attention he is looking for
- making him suffer the natural consequences of his actions
He effed around so much this morning and missed his bus. That got him grounded for the week. No friends. No tv. No electronics.
This is becoming just as exhausting as trying to figure out how to parent Cuyler.
Any words of wisdom from those of you with big kids??