Things weren’t going well this morning. Tosh hasn’t been eating breakfast the past couple of weeks, and today was no exception. I even let him choose his breakfast (gluten free freezer donut – cringe), but once it was ready, he refused to eat. I let him choose again (pancakes), but when they were ready, he picked up a piece, gave it a sniff and shook his head no.
It was only 8:30 am, and I was already suppressing my impulse to yell. It wasn’t just my aversion to wasting food. Or that my inability to throw food away was forcing me to eat a carb-heavy breakfast when I’m trying to lose a few pounds. I also knew we were in for a grouchy morning with a hangry little boy.
On a Saturday, no less! This was supposed to be an easy day. Like all parents, I had managed to hold myself together all week long while balancing a heavy workload and an even heavier workload at home. I was exhausted and at my wits’ end. I knew I needed to turn things around.
So I gave myself a time out.
Heather Anderson is a blissfully happy autism mom and lover of life in Southern California who is on a mission to help autism parents rediscover their happy place.
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