What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate
It’s hard when you’re trying to discipline your child by telling her that she’s lost TV privilages for the rest of the night and she helpfully suggests you should take away her dinner too.
Trying to figure out a way to discipline a special needs kid who is completely oblivious to the fact they’re being disciplined? Well, lets just say it’s an exercise in futility. No matter what you say or do, there’s only one loser in the situation and it’s ALWAYS the parent.
It’s hard not to get even more frustrated trying to get them to understand they’ve done something wrong, when it’s obvious they have a complete lack of understanding around the entire situation.
Sometimes it makes me wonder if my kid will grow up to be a complete sociopath. How can you have remorse when you don’t get that you’ve done anything wrong?
All this came up today after she purposely broke another one of her toys. Why? Because she didn’t want it anymore.
This is a common occurrence and it frustrates us to no end. We’ve tried to explain to her that if she doesn’t want to play with a toy, that she can bring it to us and we can give it to another little boy or girl who doesn’t have toys. But that hasn’t yet sunk in. We’ve tried making her throw the toy out after she’s broken it, but she’ll happily do it. She just isn’t that attached to anything.
And midway through the discussion on why she broke her toy, she burst into hysterics because she wanted her old white bed back. Yeah. Six months after we redecorated her room and moved her into a big-girl bed and we’re still experiencing fallout from it.
Oy. There are days when being a special needs parent is, well…special.