Getting into the seasons spirit of good will, I thought I would do my bit by sharing some Christmas DOS & DON’TS
This is the Parental Christmas Survival Guide.
DO… be prepared for your little darling to hand back that present he considers RUBBISH.
DON’T… invite anyone around your house who you’ve gossiped or nagged about in the past. All children have a mind like a sponge, but our little Aspies have a mind like a safe! Your child telling that Aunt or cousin, “Mummy thinks your a pain in the backside once drunk” isn’t a great situation to land yourself in!
DO…. visit Santa with caution! If you haven’t done so yet be prepeared if your child like Little man is a non believer… Anything could happen! Little man has called the man with the White beard a FAKE, laughed at his fat belly, asked him if he has a real job with meaning, and made him a list of the things he knows he will never get.
Oh and warn Santa that your child may want an indepth conversation surrounding their “special interest”
DON’T… Expect to have control of the TV remote control this Christmas.
DO… Make sure all children have the SAME number of gifts. If they have a present that was more expensive, be sure to make up the numbers with little things. Nothing worse then a Christmas morning meltdown.
DON’T… Run out of gift wrap to find the only thing you have left in the house is left over pink birthday wrapping paper. Believe me it’s so not worth the migraine.
DO… Stock up on essentials! Alcohol & strong painkillers spring to mind. A glass of White to take the edge of the stress and Painkillers for the end of the day when your dragging your arse to bed!!!
DON’T… Be shocked if your little Aspies ask everyone who gives them a gift how much it cost! Little man just can’t help himself.
DO… Not expect a quite Christmas. This one goes for anybody with Children… Full Stop!
DON’T… Even dare take your child on the spectrum out shopping with you. This is the busiest time of year… You wanna get through it alive don’t you!
DO… Make sure when that lady in Argos asks, “Do you want batteries with that” you say, “YES” When you tell a child with Aspergers you forgot to buy the batteries… You can expect a response that isn’t a great one!
DON’T… Try to force your child to like all the latest toys, because the thought of buying them… Batteries, Pad locks, and 20 cans of Dr pepper make you wanna cry. I used to buy Little man toys that he had no interest in because I convinced myself that he will play with them soon enough… Because that’s what children do! Isn’t it? Now if he wants a battery charger or a food processor… That’s what he gets!
DO… Be prepared to watch that DVD you got them… Over & Over again.
DON’T… Pull crackers without due notice.
DO… Expect ignorance! No not from your child, but from others! If your having people over… Choosing those who know and understand your child is always best.
DON’T… Ask your child if your Christmas party dress looks Ok! Unless very Honest opinions are being sought!
DO… Let them wear themselves out. If like Little Man your child has a poor sleep pattern at night, You will be grateful when they do sleep! For us it’s normally Christmas, after a long day out, Birthday parties… Ect…Ect.
DON’T… Make big plans for Christmas at a hotel, holiday park, or aboard! This maybe Ok for some families… However your child will be most comfortable at home where he can escape the mayhem of Christmas day to retreat to his sanctuary of loveliness… The Bedroom! This also goes for parents needing that five minute hideaway!
DO… Make sure your day is well planned out. Just like any other day, your child will want order and routine to their day. They will want to know what time dinner is and who’s visiting and when (of course this has a lot to do with the gifts people will bring as opposed to the person bringing them!)
DON’T… Get drunk and make a complete tit of yourself! Your child will never let you live it down… Telling everybody what you did for weeks, even months after!