Today we will celebrate Merica here in the United States. There will be fireworks, food, and fun! There will also be anxiety about travel, fireworks, food, and “fun” from autism parents.
Will our children make it through they day? What happens if they elope, break something, or have a toileting issue? Here are a few things I have found helpful.
- Pack your child’s favorite things. You don’t have to justify why he might be rocking a Blue’s Clues Notebook at 17 (yes our guy does). Your job is to have your family nucleus happy-ish for the day. Whatever your child likes bring – tablet, movies, notebooks, etc. OH, and bring any medication(s) you may need. We have forgotten before and it isn’t awesome.
- Have an exit strategy. If you need to leave early or drive separately don’t second guess yourself. You know your family best. Again, you don’t have to justify your exit. Your friends and family will/should understand!
- Don’t compare your experiences with social media experiences. Those photos are awesome and I am super happy for those families. However, I also think the Grisswold’s had a great vacation. Memories are made from living your story not wishing for a perfect photo.
- Let your forgiveness sparkle. Forgive yourself if things don’t go according to plan. You are doing the best you can in this moment.