Well, the Easter holidays seemed to stretch on forever, as we had a total of four weeks as the boys had separate holidays. Tom went back to school the other Monday and, so far, so good.
He seems to have settled back in to his school routine with no major problems and seems to also have adjusted well to a new taxi escort and driver. This is a really positive sign.
Not so long ago I would have really worried about how these changes would impact upon Tom, but as he is getting older, and with preparation, he seems to be able to handle change much more positively.
He still needs reassurance and time in which to adjust to changes, but is now able to cope much better with any changes that occur.
Even though we try to stick to a routine as much as possible, I do try to do new things with Tom, to try to give him as many new life experiences as possible.
Life changes all the time, it is not rigid, and although he likes the comfort of routine and rigidity, sadly life is not as kind as this. So, the other week, we tried a few small changes, nothing drastic but changes to our normal routine.
For example, on the Thursday we needed to go and buy some summer sandals, I know I probably jinxed things as where has the sun now gone?
Anyway, we decided to go to a different shoe shop. I told Tom we were going to a new shoe shop for sandals and would need to try them on.
I prepared him a few days before we needed to go shopping for them. So, on the Thursday morning, we got on the bus and, once in town, headed straight to the shoe shop. Well, Tom was fantastic.
He happily sat on a chair and watched me find a pair of sandals for him and Stephen. He then happily tried them on and. to prove they were acceptable, did a fast lap in the shop, much to the amusement of the assistant.
What I learned was that sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone and try new things, and I have to say we both had a really happy week together.