Me and my girl and boy, raising awareness and acceptance of autism

A very emotional D woke up this morning, she’d spent the majority of last week feeling upset because she was missing the routine of school and now, with the return to school on Monday, she was getting anxious about that.

Ever since D has been in the Joseph production at school, she’s sung a particular song to demonstrate her feelings – Close Every Door To Me – and that’s how this morning started. Lots of tears, lots of anxiety, lots of wanting to “destroy” herself.

So, a distraction was in order, something that would appeal to both T and D, something healthy, fun and active.

We decided to go and fly a kite in the field near us, but having a wander through the glorious woods that are literally on our doorstep first.

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The woods are used a lot by dog-walkers and we have to time it right for that reason. D has a severe stranger anxiety and, ever since the dog next door attacked our previous cat, they both have a (justifiable) fear of dogs too. For that reason, early mornings/afternoons are out for a good ramble. Today, we timed it just right.

Going over the stile and into the woods:

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Heading off down the paths:

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Stopping to admire yellow flowers on a bush:

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Who lives in a hole like this (in a Lloyd Grossman voice)?

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Having a pit-stop:

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Arriving at the field…yippee! Space and no other people, ideal for T and D:

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Flying the kite:

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And there had to be some football from T:

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He wore himself out!

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A successful trip, the fresh air blasted away those anxieties and did us all good.

Both much more relaxed this afternoon.
There will still be school on Monday – and no doubt anxieties beforehand – but it was good to see them both smiling and laughing.

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

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Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Comments on: "Let’s Go Fly A Kite! Sat 1st June 2013" (8)

  1. I’m glad you were able to turn things around for D, judging by the photos it was a great excursion. Let’s hope tomorrow isn’t too unsettling for her – thanks for sharing on Country Kids.

  2. I love the poem at the bottom!

    We spent the entire holiday indoors – for the first half the boys were battling stomach bugs, for the second half I was in bed with tonsillitis. The kids are back in school/playgroup now. I feel cheated!

    Thank you so much for linking up with On Your Doorstep 🙂

  3. Jeanette this is so lovely, i really love the way you have let your beautiful pictures tell the story too!

    Thanks so much for linking up with #ActiveFamily and thank you millions for next week xx

  4. What a fab activity. And a beautiful day for it too by the look of things! I read a great quote the other day, which went something like, “Children can’t ‘climb the walls’ if there are no walls to climb” – so get them outdoors! 🙂 x

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