November 20, 2003

new journal entry

My monthly entry in Hidden Laughter is now up. (Not that I mean for it to be monthly but that's what seems to happen.) This one's all about emotions.

Posted by Tamar at November 20, 2003 09:58 PM

Hi Tamar,

I think that this piece is definitely easier for those of us who have more than one child.

With a sibling around, these emotions get more of a daily "workout" around the house and provide more opportunities to deal with them -- not that it's neccessarily pleasant :)

I'll confess that one of the reasons my son's done so well, even though I've been a relatively bad and lazy Floortimer, is that his sister, 2 years younger, gets in his face better than I ever could.

In fact, half the time, I feel like she's Floortiming ME -- getting in MY face, trying to provoke various emotional reactions from me and mess with my mind.

(This is in no way any form of criticism for having one kid, just an observation, you know that, right?)

Posted by: Allison at November 21, 2003 10:39 PM

Sometimes I think Damian's doing that to me, too. Like today in the car. Lots of provoking and messing with me, oh yeah.

But definitely, I've seen friends whose spectrum kids have siblings and I see that dynamic. There are down sides to having your ASD child be an only, no question. Up sides too, but yes, I'd love to have a built-in kid-floortimer around 24/7.

Posted by: Tamar at November 22, 2003 12:05 AM