Now that we do the lists on a regular basis it bleeds over into other aspects of life. My wife, Samantha, makes a list every morning for herself and sometimes for me of things she wants to get done that day. It's probably a combination of not forgetting all the things that need to be done and the feeling of accomplishment that comes along with marking tasks off the list. (try it, it feels like you are really getting things knocked out when you mark them out!)
Jayden came to me with the list you see, 'Daddy, you know how Rosie's not supposed to get on the couch? Well, I laid out a couple of other rules for the dog.'
- NO Barking in house
- NO Poop & Pee in house (He says that picture is the dogs but with an arrow to the poop!)
- NO Biting all the time
- NO Chewing on stuff
- NO Getting on couch
- NO Getting on desk
- NO Shred Drawings (The dog looks scared for some reason in this one)
- NO Eating LEGOS (This one kinda looks like a cat to me)
On a side note, I'm curious if anyone else has this problem. Jayden constantly wants to play games, acting out games, card games, video games, whatever. When you play with him he gets really upset if he doesn't feel you are playing right. Example: We got Tetris Party for the Wii (It's become a sick addiction for Samantha & I after the kids go to bed! I can't stop playing it!) He isn't to bad at it & even taught us how to play with the bonus items because we had no idea what they did or how to use them but he just somehow figured it out. (Way to make dad feel like a goon son!) If my wife & I are playing each other or one of the other kids, Jayden likes to watch and wait his turn. If one of us get a bonus item to use against our opponent but we don't use it or in his opinion take to long to use it he gets upset!
Not a big deal mind you, he is totally cool waiting his turn or when it's time to turn it off he doesn't get bent out of shape. Also when I say he gets mad, he doesn't have meltdowns or really throw many fits. He internalizes most everything which is just as bad in my eyes because while I can usually tell if something is up with him every once in a while we will be talking just the two of us and he will say something like 'remember last week when you did _________, it really embarrassed me' or something like that.
We found out from his teacher at the IEP meeting at the end of the school year that he had an accident in his pants at school. She said he was very embarrassed but after we brought him some new cloths and he changed it wasn't a big deal, the other kids in his class were very cool about it. The only problem is, WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT! No one ever called us, we didn't bring him new cloths! I talked to him & he told me he was embarrassed & a teacher gave him some new pants that day, the other pants were in a sack in his locker. He was okay & we talked about it, how he can tell us stuff like that and we will just keep it between us and even whisper it if he wants so there is no embarrassment but that's the kind of thing Jayden does, 90% is internalized. Anyone have issues like these or are we freaks & geeks here?