I’ve written about the difficult balance between giving Cam freedom to do what he wants and making sure he stays safe and makes good choices. Letting the leash out.
The problem I am faced with is that when they take off in different directions to start manhunt he takes off with them. Not to play the game – just to go where they go. When I call for him to come back or stop or slow down or wait up he doesn’t listen. He just keeps running, shouting behind him “I’m playing Manhunt mom!”
Sean gets on his bike or I chase after him. Last night I made the rounds of our street 4 times following behind him.
He doesn’t have the same street sense as the others. does he?
That and the pond in the ravine (in which coyotes have bee seen) behind our street.
Am I just feeling this way because he has “autism” and I think that he should always be directly supervised? Is he really incapable of navigating our street? Is it really unsafe for him?
Living in our house is not always easy, so any opportunity for Cam’s life to be normal and fun I want to give him.
If I never give Cuyler the opportunity to do these things independently, he’ll never be independent…but the voice in my head says “He’s only 9. Better safe than sorry“
I think that I just need to put my runners on and join in.
Play with him.
One day I’ll be able to relax. won’t I?