Wednesday, March 21, 2012
" no... It's tomorrow!"
As his parents, we have learned to speak, in what we call, "countdown".
"In three days, we are going to the beach."
"In 4 minutes we are going to put our shoes on."
"In 10 minutes we are going to..... (insert trip/ activity/ meal/ anything here)..."
This has become, sort of, an art for us.
But we still struggle with the "anticipation" of things.
Christmas. Birthdays. Vacations. you name it.
Lately we have been talking about his 7th birthday party. Although he still thinks it's tomorrow. I have told him that a party takes planning.... and so, I am not ready for it to be tomorrow.
He has asked for a rainbow party.... and I have taken the planning to heart (duh!~ you know me... the crazy party lady). I have rainbow this, and rainbow that. Plans for here and things for there. But it is still all in the works.....
What have we done to curb this behavior/response....
In the past, we have made a "chain". Where you chain strips of paper and cut one off at the beginning/end of each day. Which works great~ especially at Christmas ( you can hang the chain on the tree).
but then I remind him "Is this your birthday shirt???"
ME::"so is your birthday tomorrow?"
ME::"... but it is coming soon."
and I reply "nope".