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A Glance At The Past Week and A Look At The Week Ahead: 7/10/11

I have meant to post something about James’s behavior at least half a dozen times this week but by evening I lose my focus. What is it about bedtime that allows me to forget all the stressful parts of the day? Probably the glass of wine, you’re thinking. But seriously, as soon as I tuck everyone in they suddenly look like little angels, nestled peacefully in their (or my) bed. You know the look: arms up around the head, mouth partially open, soft little snore? How could it have been that bad – they’re just so precious, and harmless, and sweet. Yep, it must be the wine.

So for now I’ll just say this – transition periods are hard for James. I was so worried about how he would do on our beach vacation that I didn’t even think about how it would be once we got back and he no longer had a regular schedule each day. This week’s calendar will be a bit disorganized again but next week we should be settling into more of a rhythm, so it’s just 7 more days of random tantrums, complaining, anxiety, boredom, panic attacks, fighting with his sister and waking up at night to handle before leaving the dark, windy Tunnel O’ Fun. That and the constant requests for TV, movies, video games and computer time. What’s up with that? When school is in James doesn’t even bother to ask – he gets very little plug-in time during the week and has to earn it for the weekend. All of a sudden board games, coloring, legos (even the Harry Potter ones) – they are so last school year.

Here is a look at the week ahead – I am pretty excited about some new opportunities coming up:

The First Foorce Contest! Yep, I feel that I have enough readers now to not embarrass myself by holding a little contest. With prizes! Check back for details soon.

What Would You Do? At our otherwise fun meetup at the AMNH sprinklers over the weekend James had a complete panic attack/ meltdown over, you guessed it, balloons. The next Foorce poll will ask your opinion about what you would’ve done if it was your child causing the scene. The old poll will be taken down in the next day or two so if you haven’t voted yet  now’s your chance!

Review of CMOM. I have received several emails asking me where this post is. Sorry about that – it’s almost done! I will make it a priority this week to tell you about our experiences at the Curious George exhibit, my email to CMOM afterward, and their response.

My Children the ABA Therapists. My husband gently popped a plastic bag in the kitchen this evening and I jumped like a gun had gone off. I said it before and I’ll say it again, who’s training who?

As The Grinch Always Says. Oh the noise, noise, noise, noise! A look at what James talks about. All day long.

Also be sure to check out the Water Cooler and Websites and Resources pages, which have been updated in the past week. Websites and Resources in particular is still a work in progress – sorry if your favorite site isn’t listed yet, but as always feel free to leave your two cents in the Comments section (or my inbox).

There is more (oh so much more), but if the past is any predictor I will be extremely lucky to get the above list done this week. Or even 4 out of 5. Definitely feeling good about 3.

A Look At What I’ll Mean-To-But-Probably-Will-Not-Have-Enough-Time-To Post In The Week Ahead: 6-20-11

I have so many posts half done or on The To Do List, not to mention the inbox full of great ideas from other people and the survey results that I have been sifting through. Sometimes a to do list is therapeutic but sometimes it’s just kinda mean.

Let’s just cut to the chase before I fall even further behind. Upcoming this week (fingers crossed):

Curious George at CMOM – A look at the exhibit from three points of view – the toddler, the special needs child and the parent who brought them both.

My Children the ABA Therapists – We are the first ones to proclaim the wonders of ABA therapy. So why is it that I cringe every time I walk by a balloon vendor?

Family Beach Vacation with your special needs child ( Part 1 of the How To series)- One week and counting! Every time my husband has worked late and I’ve had a long, hard day with the kids I make myself feel better by preparing for our amazing beach vacation-to-be. Needless to say we are Prepared. Be amazed (or appalled) at my supplies, packing lists and itineraries that anticipate even the most special of special needs, while still leaving room for spontaneity (it’s scheduled in).

How to ignore your special needs child (Uncomfortable Subjects Part 3) – If you think I have a lot to say, then you haven’t walked James home from school. Don’t judge until you’ve been there or read this.

Sneak Peek at Fall speakers 2011-2012 season – I know it seems like a long way off, but you’ll want to make time for next year’s meetings. We already have 6 amazing speakers/programs lined up! And, some of your favorite speakers from this past year are joining forces (I am letting this double “oo” opportunity pass me by out of respect for them) this year for some especially awesome opportunities. I hope I can tell you more about this soon!

Also keep an eye out for info on parenting match-ups (like a dating service for special needs parents), a sibling support group, a free giveaway (in the works) and my review of the Harry Potter exhibit in Times Square. And, I believe that The Foorce will reach 20,000 views this week (since it’s inception in March), unless everyone gets frustrated with my “to post” lists that never get crossed off. Thanks for making me feel important – it’s a good thing I come from such a big family!

It’s the last week of school. Then James will be home and things will really be busy (not like they are now) so I am extra motivated to knock things off of this list. And remember, if you subscribe you will be notified about all of the above posts automatically, and any tangents I go on in the meantime.

Happy Summer’s Eve!