I have been SO slack these past few months. Not that Nick is complaining about my mothering skills, you understand! For sure, I am doing all that good mum stuff, however, I haven't been guiding him in an effective manner. He (we) have been cruising through our days and there hasn't been much RDI learning/guiding/progress happening.
That aside, traveling has been high on the agenda this year and I have really enjoyed some fantastic grown up time without the responsibilities of caring for a special needs teen, who (although extremely lovable) is a 24/7/365 job!
At the end of the day, I am going to be parenting Nick until it is no longer possible. Therefore, I am giving myself permission to seize any exciting opportunities that come my way. I feel that it is important to have breaks, whether they be short and sweet like a catch up with friends; or larger adventures like traveling with the husband. Now that Nick is practically 17, it is much easier to leave him for a few days. I also think the change in routine is good for him.
A happy mum = a happy teen.