This week Alison is joined by Reen, Moira, and Maha to discuss going back to school. How do we prepare through the summer, or should we just let the normal day and bedtime routine go out the window? How to establish a routine for school? Tips for dealing with jetlag, and much more!
00:00 - This Life, The Chronicles of Autism moms podcast, series 1 episode 18 –Back To School.
00:30 – Alison kicks off the episode
02:00 – In that last week of holiday, how do you feel about that transition and how do you try to get your kids ready?
03:53 – Maha, who do you think has the most anxiety: you or your son?! I’m trying to not be anxious about being anxious!
04:30 – We can’t control what happens in the classroom but we can prepare beforehand.
05:12 – Moira, how about you? I need to get myself back into a routine, that’s what I’m stressing about!
06:19 – Reen, do you do anything different with your neurotypical and your neurodiverse kids before the new year starts?
08:00 – You want your kids to be in a relaxed atmosphere during the summer holidays
08:51 – Why is it important to let go of the “reigns” a bit with our kids on the spectrum during the summer holidays? Or do you keep them in a strict routine, the same as in the school year?
10:20 – They say very often that the downtime is when we see the most progress from our kids
11:42 – Alison, was always very stressed going away on a holiday away from my son’s therapists. And then I went into overdrive trying to find people in those places (you travel) to continue his therapy.
13:26 – I used to put a lot of pressure on myself but I don’t anymore because I can see the benefits of my son being out, socializing, having different experiences.
14:30 – It took Reen years to learn to let things go if everything doesn’t go her way on the first day of school. You have to be flexible.
16:00 – Top Tips for BTS (Back to School)
Relax! Don’t stress you or your kids out. Just go with it.
Holiday up to the last possible minute, everything will be fine.
Don’t relax! Keep your wits about you at all times. You’ll get through, regardless.