Claire loves movies like a squirrel loves their nuts, a pumpkin needs its vine. It's not a healthy obsession. Claire also loves dogs, the bigger the better. So Beethoven hits a sweet spot in her heart only topped by Disney princesses and Mary Poppins. This morning she was watching a new Beethoven that also had something to do with pirates. Unfortunately it was time for school before the end of Pirate Beethoven. Now if you have ever pulled a child with Down Syndrome away from their favorite thing you will understand it's not pretty. She was not going down without a fight. Oh Claire, it was rough all the way to the door of her classroom. Everything I said was meet with a smart remark.
Me "Claire, please get into the van."
Claire "It's a car"
Me "Claire, please buckle up"
Claire sticks her tung out at me...
I wish I had the magic solution for transitioning a child with Down Syndrome, braking them out of their funk. (If anyone reads that blog feel free to pass it on to me.) One thing I have learned is you just can't out grump Claire. This girl is going down with the ship. If I come to grumpy Claire with my own attitude she will get so much worse. She feeds off my frustration like poring water on a grease fire. Keeping my cool, easier said then done. When she is being a pill part of me wants to go down with the ship too, gosh darn it, if you get to be mad I get to be mad. I have an actual reason to be frustrated, you have to come eat crackers or whatever. Then I remind myself who the grown up is, forgive myself and move on. If it appears I'm not phased that my child (or children) is having a temper tantrum I'm just overcompensating.
Alice "pirate eye patch pumpkin." "He is sad because he wasn't wearing his helmet on his bike and hit his head."