School Concerts, Singing and Joy To My World-Exceptional Pauses at Busy Times

 

So today is Michael’s annual holiday concert. He and his class were practicing the song and poem they will be reciting. He was told to practice it at home but he did not want to. He is all practiced out. As is usually the case, he is nervous for the concert, but I know once he gets on stage he will do amazing. He has a great voice that projects, and a wonderful stage presence. He is so relaxed and natural up there. But it is always the anxiety and the what ifs that trip him up.

Change is hard for Michael. Changing from one season to another, school to vacation and back again. And the change of routine before the fall school session ends always has its challenges. This year it is coupled with our doing bathroom renovations and this week, Mom misplacing her keys and fighting a cold. That meant no after school outings which has been difficult for Michael. He did the best he could under the circumstances, but he is desperately trying to organize the next few days. I haven’t been much help as I’ve been preoccupied with work and house things, and trying to figure out when I’m going to wrap presents and do the holiday baking. Tomorrow is a great opportunity for us both to slow down a bit, not worry about work or planning, and enjoy the day together. I look forward to it as I know connecting has been, and always is, challenging for Michael and I at the beginning of the year.

Exceptional Parents, how do your Exceptional children do at school concerts or with performing? Is that easier than one on one for them or do they shy away from the spot light? The most important thing that a parent can remember is to make sure they are encouraging their child to always do their best, and to tell your child that you are proud of them for trying, no matter how things turn out. Also, take time like school concerts to really stop in the season and pause. Talk, really talk to your child and put their mind at ease about what will be happening. This is a hard time for kids with autism, as it is for their parents. We must always realized though that if they and we are tense we cannot learn well and grow together. So relax, unwind and sit back and enjoy the show. Until next time.

 

am a writer and parent coach at “Exceptional Parenting/Exceptional Balance.” I am passionate about empowering parents to trust their own instinct when raising their exceptional children with autism, and remembering that parenthood is as much a journey for us as childhood is for our children. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and GooglePlus. For more information on my parent coaching programs, and to book a FREE 30 Minute Consultation, see my website: http://www.exceptionalparenting.net

am a writer and parent coach at “Exceptional Parenting/Exceptional Balance.” I am passionate about empowering parents to trust their own instinct when raising their exceptional children with autism, and remembering that parenthood is as much a journey for us as childhood is for our children. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and GooglePlus. For more information on my parent coaching programs, and to book a FREE 30 Minute Consultation, see my website: http://www.exceptionalparenting.net

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