Things are starting to deteriorate, the good behaviour is beginning to slide and I can hear the low rumblings of a storm approaching. The tics and stammering have returned, the argumentative behaviour, our personal space allowance is getting smaller (well you could say it’s actually non-existent right now), the whinging and whining, the reluctance to get dressed in the morning and I don’t think it’s any coincidence Girl has been back at school for a full week…
We have a fairly new and simple strategy in place for getting dressed for school. Girl has to get start getting dressed thirty minutes before everybody else then she can take as much time as she likes getting dressed and dealing with distractions, this gives her a clear hour to get dressed at her own pace and it is a stress free approach for all of us. She knows that the quicker she gets dressed the more TV she gets to watch (also part of the new strategy). So far this has been working pretty well and she has got dressed a lot quicker because she really loves TV but the length of time to get dressed despite the enticement is creeping up again. Is it time for a re-think already?
So what do we do about the demanding and argumentative behaviour? Well I have a plan for today at least. Dinner is cooking in the slow cooker so that means I have some extra time for activities, a walk always helps and maybe some scrapbooking or art.
I am anticipating that with some quality attention we could quite possibly get through another day without a storm and maybe I can even try and get to the bottom of what is bothering her. (I live in hope).