Being a (young) sibling to a child with special needs can be rough. Don’t get me wrong, Greta adores her little brother and doesn’t have a clue that there is anything “different” about him. But, lately, I’ve been feeling like things are a little lopsided for our girl. Miles gets all sorts of special attention. He has 2 physical therapists, a speech therapist and an occupational therapist. To Greta’s 4 year-old eyes, Miles gets to go do all of these interesting things with his wonderful teachers. She doesn’t. Greta almost always has to tag along and I often find myself telling her to “give Miles and the therapist space” or “sorry, Greta, you can’ t play with that toy, they are using it”. I’ve found that parenting a child with special needs can create a whole new set of special needs for your “typical” child.
So, I have decided that every weekend, Greta and Mommy (or Daddy) will do some sort of special one on one activity that Miles does not get to do. Last week, we went on a girls night out to see the movie Ramona and Beezus. We got cotton candy and pop and she sat on my lap almost the entire movie. It was heavenly 🙂
This weekend, we tie dyed t-shirts after we put Miles to bed. We had so much fun making a mess with our rubber gloves on and Greta was SO proud to wear a t-shirt that she dyed to church this morning!