|Lightning is just like Jacob's behaviour.|
So it's Friday, and I've already worked over 70 hours. The money is great, but it doesn't look like my schedule is going to slow down until the new year. And with me not being here as much as I'd like, or Jacob needs, is taking a negative toll on Jacob's behaviour.
Normally when he has a rough morning, Shannie and I are able to work through the "cause and affect" of Jacob's unexpected behaviour. We'll ask him what happened? What he did? and then what did his teacher do in response? And finally ending with how did what happened make you feel? This way, we can most times cycle through all of Jacob's mental steps that lead to him getting over his issue(s) and calming down.
The sad thing is, that when it's only mom, this process can become slower and sometimes not effective at all. It's tough because I want to be there for Jacob all the time, but Christmas is just around the corner, and most people need to work. Needless to say, I can't wait until my off season to start. Then we can really get onto a good routine which will undoubtedly help Jacob focus and excel at school.
When Shannie and I talk about how difficult things are with me working, we try to look at the positive side of things. Which is something all parents like us need to do. We're just glad that I don't have a full time job that requires me to be at work for 40 hours per week for 50+ weeks a year. And we're also thankful that I get to come home for lunch, so I'm usually able to take Jacob back to school after lunch.
But I hope that one day, Jacob will get a handle on his emotions enough that he can walk to school himself, or even enjoy going. We just hope that if it does happen, that it happens before Jacob goes to college.
|Is that a forced smile, or what?|