D.... diabolically? disasterously? I cannot think of what the 'D' could stand for! Hmmm.
But the point still stands. After a weekend of too much screen time and not enough structure, Mondays hit my son hard. He can't just "go with the flow" like some kids can - whether its the possible Asperger's, the anxiety of expectations, or the sensory possibilities of working on paper, or a combination - its just very hard. Last week I tried the field trip on Monday, but that threw off the schedule and caused issues all week, so not only was Monday hard, but Tuesday and Wednesday as well.
|AO Week 3 nearly done! I love my high-tech dry erase pencil method.|
So what can be done to ease the transition from weekend to weekday? Many ideas include having less freedom and more structure on the weekend, but those don't sound appealing to me at all, and since my husband is usually home on the weekend, it wouldn't work at my house. That's not to say there is no structure at all, but there's nothing that looks like work other than non-negotiable chores. No mandatory reading or writing, in other words.
|The Boy in one of our many trees|
Another set of ideas includes making Monday special in some way. A hot beverage or special treat after morning chores, as the school day begins, for instance. I'm thinking an extra cup (pot?) of coffee might help me in the short term, but I can't think of a thing for The Boy. We did hot chocolate several times in the winter, but it wasn't a Monday special, so the it lost its novelty. I'm thinking maybe a cartoon or something, followed by a nature walk might help him ease into things but even that will take some getting used to.
What have done to make your Monday less H.A.R.D.?