Friday, July 30, 2010

The Dreaded Hair Washing Ordeal

Oh..the dreaded hair washing time! I don't know about you, but I have 3 kids that just HATE getting their hair washed. They cannot stand the water running down their faces. No matter what I tried, it was always a fight and cry fest.

As most of you know, I have 2 Autistic children. These 2 children, as well as most children, need to have a stable, comfortable routine in their lives. That is the main goal and key factor to their survival. When any change or new entity threatens them, they act out to the extreme. Once it gets to that point, it takes hours to calm them down. This was the scene with the hair washing incidents.

Even though they knew they were going to take their showers each night, they still would freak out with the hair washing. They felt a loss of control thereby causing the dreaded meltdown. Now, even children with no disabilities, like my 5 year old, can be deathly afraid of the hair washing. It seems to be pretty common among young children.

I have found a wonderful solution to this problem.

When you have your child in the shower, or even the bath, simply have them tilt their head back to look up at the ceiling, place a small face towel in THEIR hands and have them hold it over their face. Let them know you are going to be running the water over their hair and have them..and you..count to 5 out loud. Let them know that when they get to 5, you will stop the water flow and they can take the towel away from their face. Let them take a break, and repeat the steps. Trust me, it will work! If it takes a few times that is fine. Eventually, they will accept it as it gives them a little control during this most chaotic time.

I have used this idea on all of my children and I have shared this with many mothers with the same problem. It is such a simple thing to do, but believe me, it will take the stress of that dreaded hair washing time!

Please remember, when it comes to calming the fears of any child, patience is the way to go! Let them know you are there for them and you love them. There will be many fearful things in their lives, but you will be there to listen and help them overcome anything.

Stop by Jewelry by Christopher to find something pretty to reward yourself for all of your hard work as a Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin or Caregiver. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to help children with Autism.

Zebra Print Bed in a Bag

This has to be one of the most stunning bedding sets I have ever laid my eyes on! I am a huge fan of black and white so to me, this Zebra Print Queen Size Bed in a Bag is my first choice when it comes to making some drastic, but gorgeous, changes in the home!

This set offers 200 thread count 50/50 cotton blend materials and a stunning appearance that no one will miss! You will receive a queen size comforter, 2 pillow shams, a queen size bed skirt and a complete queen size sheet set. Everything you need to start the bedroom remodeling! This is quite the set for the price! Not to mention it is absolutely gorgeous..did I say that already?

As I stated in an earlier post, purchase your bedding set first, then move on to the rest of the bedroom. It will be so much easier that way. With the simplicity of the black and white, you can pretty much choose which ever wall color you would like. You can blend it in with white, or totally go off on a tangent with purple. Which ever you choose, it will work and work well! This set will be the focal point of your bedroom, no doubt about that!

Stop by Irresistible Elegance today and see what other beautiful bedding sets I have for you and your entire family!

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EXPOSED Debuts in Chat Forum

The EXPOSED thread is up! It's located in the Special Events and Weekly Games forum. Let me know what you think of the game logo and mascot... lol...

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