Every household has rules. Kids and adults need rules – to give us boundaries, define how we will interact with each other, and thereby provide a comfortable environment to live in.
Families with Autism, if they are anything like THIS family with Autism, likely have more rules… and certainly more interesting rules… than the families without Autism. Our kids with Autism structure their worlds differently and so the rules must accomodate that… accomodate their perspective… and that can make for some weird strange unexpected interesting rules. Rules that sometimes must be repeated again and again and again.
Some of the more interesting rules from the last month include:
(from me, after Christmas pageant practice at church) “Here’s a rule. This is very important. You do not sing “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” in mouse language at the top of your lungs while everyone else is singing “Silent Night.”
(from me, while holding onto the dashboard in the car) “No one is to smell Daddy’s armpit while he is driving! Do you understand? NO ONE!”
(from our younger son (with Autism) while giving his order to a waiter in a restaurant) “Here’s a rule. It is very important. The chef must stir sugar into the recipe but NOT the poison!”
I particularly like that last one. Any other “interesting” family rules out there?