Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Confession Time!



This RDI mom has been very slack of late!

No excuses.

No guilt.

Took a break.

Changed my focus.

Gave myself extra time.

Thought about myself, my family.

Concentrated on living.

Embraced my photography hobby.

Endeavouring to strike a balance.

Always an RDI mom.

Mindful parenting most days.

Declarative language comes naturally.

I am the Queen of pausing.

Constantly aware of the RDI concept, edge+1.

Hmmmmm, I don't sound like a slack RDI mom!

But......

No planning of RDI activities.

That's a biggie.

Nick is becoming resistant to invitations from me.

Tricky.

But.....

I know what to do.

I know how to plan an engagement.

I know how to encourage participation.

I know how to apply the edge+1 concept.

I am aware of the importance of taking small steps.

I am aware that even a few seconds of engagement is beneficial.

I know that any activity is a prop for interaction.

I know what to do.

Watch this space.

















Monday, March 6, 2017

Facebook page



Sadly, I have had to shut down 'The Bright Side of Life' facebook page. I was getting hit with spam and it was time consuming trying to keep my page free of extremely dodgy and undoubtably fake followers.

They (whoever they may be) say there is a season for everything, therefore perhaps the time has come to cut back on social media.

I have also noticed a trend when it comes to sharing the challenges and joys of raising a child with a disability. People want to read about the early days. They love to hear stories of toddlers and little kids. Topics regarding tweens also make the grade. The fall off of interest happens when the child becomes a teen and then a young adult. Perhaps the parents (blog readers) of younger children find the reality of a severely challenged young adult too much to take on board. I can say with authority that having a glimpse into the possible future of one's own child can be painful.

My blogging has also taken a back seat of late. Life has been busy.

I do have many stories to share. I want to continue writing about our experiences with RDI (Relationship Development Intervention). I also want to expand on our traveling adventures with Nick. I wish to tell you again and again how important it is to be kind to yourself and ensure that you have an interest in something other than your children (and husband!) that makes your heart sing.

My writing will continue......

In the meantime, here is a pretty picture that I took today.