Time is often an overlooked gift, yet in reality, it’s all we have. We are each blessed with 24 hours in a day, yet we are also on a countdown timer as we have a finite period of time to enjoy this life.
On that somewhat morbid note, it raises the question, how many of these limited and precious hours of yours are spent doing the things that truly matter to you – that fill your heart with joy and happiness?
Time is the most precious gift you can give someone, as we all know the heartbreak of leaving your autistic child at home, when all they want is to be with you, yet it’s also important to have time to yourself and earn a living as an independent adult.
In this article we’re going to look at a few ways to have more time freedom to engage with your child, but also, to have time for yourself, because it’s easy to forget to take time out for yourself when you’re so busy looking after everyone else.
It is, however, vitally important. Think of how when sitting on a place the Captain explains that in the event of an emergency, you must put your own life jacket on before helping your child. As someone looking after a child with autism it’s particularly important to ensure you get plenty of rest and relaxation as this will do wonders for your patience, empathy and stress levels.
Here are three simple life hacks to help you have more time for your child with autism.
ORDER THINGS ONLINE
Whether you’re looking to source weekly groceries or even name tags for kids, today, practically everything can be ordered online and delivered to your door.
Just think of how much time you can save by ordering your groceries online and having them delivered directly to your door; it’s an effortless process compared to the drive to the store, the time in the store, packing bags, driving back, unpackaging bags, not to mention the potential for traffic… and this is time consuming enough, on your own, let alone with a child that requires a lot of your attention.
GET A CLEANER
It’s true that not everyone can afford a cleaner, but this can be such a time (and sanity) saver, particularly for busy parents. Cleaning, on top of everything else can be an uphill struggle and is a never ending cycle. If you can’t afford a regular cleaner, then set out regular chunks of time to tackle the cleaning, in 25 minute blocks as this is apparently the most length of time, with regard to productivity levels, to do such an activity.
REARRANGE YOUR HOURS
If at all possible, see if you can work remotely, from home in a way that enables you to work flexible hours; this way, your time is your own and you can respond to situations that require your attention – without worrying about work. It also means that you will have more time to homeschool your child at times tailored to your child’s needs rather than your bosses schedule.
Most importantly, when you’re caring for children with autism it means that you can be more flexible in order to keep with their schedule rather than making them work around yours, which is not always viable.