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A Pediatric Perspective

A Trying Few Weeks - How Did You Survive Them?

Published September 7, 2011 11:45 PM by Wendy Hof

So, how is everyone doing?  First we've had some rather interesting weather conditions on the East Coast and right after that we found ourselves sending the kids back to school. 

Did everyone do ok during the storms?  Remember to fill that bathtub, get batteries for the flash lights, gas for the grills (and maybe generators), have plenty of non-perishable foods on hand and bottled water?  In CT we had several towns that had nearly 100% power loss.  Some went for a full week without power and many also had no water due to having wells.  What did you find worked for you during this time?  What frustrated you?  What would you have done differently?  How did your kids do?  What helped them to survive the storms and power loss? 

And what about going back to school?  What did you have to do to help your little ones prepare for the first day of school?  What did you find worked best and what did you find didn't work at all?  What might you do differently next year?

As OT/COTAs our skills can really help during the stressful times of bad weather and during the back to school stresses our kids (and some parents) may feel each year.  We can offer our neighbors, friends, and family suggestions on how to get through the stressful times.  Perhaps this might include adding in a little more exercises, starting a new routine a week early when it isn't so important that it runs smoothly and any glitches can be worked out ahead of time, or even just finding activities to do to help distress everyone after they've had to spend the whole day in a house without power and running water.  I think that is one of the things I love about our profession - we can offer our expertise and skills in so many different situations - it doesn't just have to be at work.

So please do share - what worked, what didn't work, and what you would do differently ...


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