Managing your family’s schedule is a challenge each and every day. You have no idea how these superhero moms manage to go to work every morning and keep their household running smoothly. Figuring out a workable schedule when you have a little one with autism can be demanding. Being organized is one way to get it all done without losing your mind. Self care takes many forms including meal planning and savvy scheduling to manage your super busy autism household.
Perhaps you want to start a business of your own or need to decide how what biomedical intervention or therapy to do next. You will need to expand your knowledge and become more informed about whatever you need to accomplish next on your list. You don’t have time to go back to college, but you could start a course online. Studying from home could help you earn an online engineering mba if that’s what you want to do to help out your family finances. It’s also a great way to take nutrition or special education classes. You will be so proud of taking the next step whilst taking care of a family who have a lot of needs.
When you are in control of your schedule, you can decide when you do therapy, chores, homeschool or work from home. This is an ideal scenario for most busy moms as you never know where your schedule is going to take you for the day. When you have autism rising days, which we all do on occasion, you can adjust the schedule as needed. It’s important to have a schedule to work from but don’t be a slave to it. Remember to remain flexible and adjust as needed. Adjusting the schedule can be as beneficial as having a schedule. Use it as a guide not a prison sentence.
Being an autism parent means that you need to be extra organized in every aspect of your life. You need a system that keeps you sane and keep everything ticking along smoothly. Whether you sync up your phone calendar to your spouse’s or you have a weekly meeting to establish where everybody is at a given time, there will be an organizational system that works for your clan. Meal planning falls into this category. Just knowing that I don’t have to think about what I’m making for dinner and that I have all the ingredients eases my anxiety. This alleviates me having to spend precious energy every day that I may or may not have at that moment.
Take some time to keep your autism household organized and running smoothly. It’s an essential part of self care.