Sitting next to my three year old son, Korben, at 6 in the morning. We’ve been up since 4:59AM and I am at a constant flux between this is nice, I can catch up on Podcasts and trying desperately to keep him quiet so the other two kids don’t wake up. A lot of parents, and non parents who think they know better, will probably tell me that this is ridiculous, you are the parent. You don’t have to be up this early. Send him back to bed. Let him scream about it.
Well, here’s the dealio. He’s three, communication is delayed (getting better by the day but no where near your average three year old yet) and did I mention he’s three? He’s probably on the spectrum, we have evaluations in a week, which means even if is communication reaches its level for his age, he probably still wouldn’t understand that he needs to stay in bed until a more decent hour. He doesn’t even understand being quiet just yet. Whispering was fun for my daughter at this age, and she got it. But with Korben, he doesn’t get it at all. No change in tone, no apologetic looks, no self awareness when he’s too loud. I’m trying hard to find a balance of teaching him to learn his limits for different environments and not be on Level Crazy all the time.
Right now. At this moment, I’m catching snippets of a podcast while switching what’s on Netflix for the kiddo to keep him as quiet as possible. But my efforts have proven lacking as the baby is now awake and I haven’t even finished my first cup of coffee. Good luck, parents. Send coffee and good juju my way!