Tuesday 16th October – Reading, writing and ‘rithmetic

By | October 16, 2012

Today (in an ideal world) D was going to go back to school nicely, skipping in, “tra la la la – bye bye Mumma, love you”.

*record scratches*


Nope…didn’t happen. As soon as she was up this morning she was coughing and sneezing.

I was really looking forward to a teensy-tiny bit of “J-time”, just a smidgen. Not today…hasta mañana.

We still had to take T to school though – don’t look at those who stare at the buggy..honestly, you’d think I had ET sitting in a SN buggy rather than my lovely D “Does this buggy cause offence” <– a post I wrote in February still very much applies.

Anyway, snuffles and sneezes (both of us!) aside, we’ve had a good day. D wanted to try Monopoly today, after watching T and I playing yesterday. I felt a bit nervous – would she take turns? what about the handing over of fines etc? what if she lost?

All potential issues that can turn a (relatively) easy-going game into a meltdown at a moment’s notice.

This is Bunny overseeing proceedings:


She did very very well. We kept it nice and relaxed. Neither of us bought any properties so no pesky rent to worry about, she read her “magic moments” and “show case” cards nicely – Disney Monopoly board. She needed some help with adding up the double dice at first but, by the end, was counting along in 2’s using mental arithmetic as well to add up (or was it memory?) either way she did blooming well!

We played until the bank ran out of money – how typical in the recession! *whispers* and I won, but she honestly didn’t seem to mind. Rather proud of her.

Things took a bit of a dip when I gently tried discussing returning to school tomorrow – lots of anxieties surfaced and it took multiple bear bugs and gentle chat to calm her down.

All settled now – after melatonin – and *fingers crossed* for tomorrow.

I hope everyone’s had a good day, comments/RTs/shares as ever welcomed, thanks for reading Jx 😘



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Gill on 16th October 2012 at 9:36 pm.

A lovely blog!! :)) Hope school goes ok tomorrow!


1funmum on 16th October 2012 at 10:04 pm.

Lmao at all your pics! I love playing board games with the kids. They learn so much from it. Practice patience, turn taking, often math, language and may have some motor skills as well. What games have you been playing with D besides monopoly. We have been playing Sorry, Snakes and Laters, Candy Land, Buck a Roo, and kerplonk


AutismMumma on 19th October 2012 at 4:30 pm.

Thank you Gill x


AutismMumma on 19th October 2012 at 4:32 pm.

Thank you, we’ve played “snakes & ladders” and “Guess Who” with varying success. She mostly plays games on the iPad, which is solitary I know. Will do more turn-taking encouraging this weekend. Hope you have a good one! X


1funmum on 19th October 2012 at 7:05 pm.

Thanks, Guess who? Is a great game idea. I think we may have it but may have put it away. Once the big kid stops playing with it, I put it away. I always forget to check if the little guy is ready to try something. Hmmm it does take lots of words. I will see if I can use pecs for the questions. If it works out I will let you know. Thanks again.


AutismMumma on 23rd October 2012 at 2:24 pm.

No problem 😉


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