In today's society I think balance is something we all struggle with! Then you add autism or aspergers into the mix, a couple of children, it only makes it all the more difficult. But it can be done! A few suggestions that worked for me.
I personally worked part time hours inside my home. I hired girls in 6th and 7th grade to babysit, (they seem to be more interested in babysitting at this age) three days a week and enforced strict routines and rules for them to follow through with.
Then, I scheduled time in the early morning, before my husband went to work to exercise at a health club, this is where I socialized. I tryed very hard to stick with that routine!
Hope this helps you out with your own situation, I know every one is different....
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I'm finding it hard to balance everything...a common story for most of us. I want to work to interact with adults but it's focused on autism and I'm wondering if that's good for me. I want to help others and because I'm in the "thick of it" I can relate well to those I'm serving. Anyway, my middle son is almost 7, in 1st grade and the one with a diagnosis. My oldest is displaying Asperger's like tendencies and we just started OT due to gross motor planning issues. My youngest is now in school (started Kindergarten) and typically developing. I want to be available equally to each of the boys' classrooms but of course the support my middle son needs outweighs the needs of the other two. Ugh!!! I'm actually considering resigning so that I can concentrate full time on the educational and social aspect of my boys' lives but the money sure is necessary. What to do? What to do? (Deep breath) So I keep plugging away and hope that the frenetic pace at which I live my life pays off in the end. Just hope I don't lose my sanity or sabotage my marriage!
I am here to relate to others who "get it." Give and receive advice and tips.
My son who might have Aspergers really hates doing anything physical and so trying to get him to do the OT exercises is such a battle. We're also doing Therapeutic Listening only 20mins/day but supposed to be doing it 40 mins./day. I'm so frustrated with him. His other two brothers also get in the way and always seem to need my attention when I need to focus on getting these exercises done.
Sticking to a routine for my kids sakes, support systems like the couple of support groups I belong to, friends, work, the needs of my kids, cash to pay for therapies.
Advice from experience and resources I know about.