My kids are not “holiday ready.” Disruptions to the routine + intense anticipation + heightened sensory stimulation + extra treats = disaster. And that’s Mommy. Throw some ADHD, ODD, and a soupcon of stress-triggered seizures into the mix and you get fireworks. Not the good kind.
To keep things manageable, we keep our holidays very low key. This year on Thanksgiving, my husband took the boys out in the morning so I could cook, we swapped at a neutral location and then took our typical Divide and Conquer approach: My husband took our oldest to a movie and I took the little guys to the beach. (Dear God, I really love living in California. It was a spectacular day! Thank you!)
We met at home for dinner. At the standard time. Even then, it was too much for my 8 year old and he coped by playing restaurant so…
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