Make the Plan. Work the Plan.

February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hiram seems to be entering back into a phase of random outbursts. We’d been doing well for a while, but they’ve started creeping back. What makes these outbursts notable is that they happen for little-to-no reason. Like, the other day. He was hysterically beside himself because I washed his pink cup.

There were floaties in it.

Anyway, this time, we’ve been trying something different and so far, I’m feeling optimistic. The trick is this: Hiram, like the rest of us (or at least like his type-A mama) likes to have a plan.

When he has one, things glide along like butter. When he doesn’t, he cries over spilled floaties.

Here was the plan we had for Sunday morning:

  1. Make Muffins
  2. Eat breakfast
  3. Go potty
  4. Get dressed
  5. Go to Sunday School
  6. Go potty
  7. Get Hiram’s hair cut
  8. Eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch
  9. Go potty
  10. Take a nap

Sunday morning, with that simple plan, we had one of the happiest days I can remember. We only told him the plan once, but he totally knew what was supposed to come next. And he was happy. Then Monday, we were back on what I thought was routine so we skipped the plan. Here’s what happened instead.

  1. Wake up 
  2. Go potty
  3. Get dressed
  4. Eat breakfast
  5. Get in the car
  6. Drive to the coffee shop
  7. Throw a complete fit
  8. Refuse to go into the coffee shop
  9. Scream and kick
  10. Be ticked
  11. The end

Moral of the story: Make the plan. Work the plan. It really is that simple.

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