I have a lot going on this weekend. I want to figure out some things for the weekend as far as work goes.. Okay, let’s say your parent decide to take your children for a while. Hey, it could happen. Here are some things you should do to make sure your trip is romantic.
You will want to go somewhere special. What are the kinds of things that the two of you enjoy doing together? Do you enjoy getting out in nature together? Do you love to cook together? Find places where you can do these things.
Go to places neither of you has been? That will make it an adventure for you both.
Think about whether you and your husband would rather stay in a hotel and be waited on, or stay in an airbnb and wait on one another.
Sometimes you and your family will want to get away without your special needs child. And that is okay to do. Everyone needs to take breaks from time to time. Your family may need sometime where they don’t need to think about anything to do with special needs. You need time to relax enjoy your other children, to relax and reconnect with them. This is going to be good for everyone.
I think this kind of goes without saying, but you will want to find a good situation for your special needs child. Do you have an aide that can take care of him 24/7? Or would they like to spend the week with Grandma?
This is the time for you and your family to do the things that you would never get to do. A lot of special needs kids need a fairly regulated schedule. On this vacation, sleep as late as you want. Enjoy quiet walks and long talks with your other children and your husband. Go eat at restaurants, and don’t worry about what you eat or how long anything takes.
Let’s look at some more tips for traveling with your autistic child.
When your child is hungry or thirsty, they are going to be more irritable. This is true whether or not your child has any kind of special needs. If you have a picky eater, or one that needs to be on a special diet, take food with you. This will save you a lot of trouble.
Do you have a child that wanders? This is likely to get worse when you travel. You might want to have your child wear a medic bracelet, just in case they get lost.
You are probably going to be wise to do some roleplaying to with your autistic child to help them know what they need to expect on your trip. Pretend you are already in the car or whatever you are going to be traveling in. Talk to your child about what he or she can expect to see and hear while you are traveling. Show them the things that they are and aren’t to do while on your trip.
You will want to bring some of their favorite toys. Bring the things that you know will soothe them and make them more comfortable.
You might also want to bring something brand new that you know your child is going to love. You know their interests. Pick pick something out.
When you think you may be in noisy places, bring your child child earphones. You are going to thank me for this idea, trust me.
You can go to a lot of different resorts, and the same can be said for a lot of cruises, that they will have some kind of kid’s’ club.. These kids’ clubs are going to keep children well cared for and well entertained for a major portion of the day. And yes, many of these clubs will be able to handle your special needs child. Many of these clubs are going to have evening hours as well.
Vacations are a great time for your children to reconnect with their grandparents. Or maybe everyone has a favorite aunt that you want to bring along. You will want to communicate withe person you are bringing that the main purpose of this trip is to give you and your husband some much needed time together. Traveling with friends Is kind of the same idea. Take someone you know well and trust. And ask them to help keep an eye on your children so that you and your husband can have time together.
You and your husband need to get away from time to time. Ideally, it would be just the two of you, but life is not always perfect, especially when you have a special needs child. Sometimes you are not going to be able to leave your children. Here are some tips that might help you.
You are going to want to book a suite or two rooms or something. You will want to put children to bed earlier than you’ll want to sleep.. Two rooms will give you some more privacy, which will be good for everyone. And it may help bring some romance into your trip. If you do book a suite, check to make sure it has two rooms.
Can you get a patio or balcony? Going outside once the children are in bed is a great way to stir up romance. Sometimes these outdoors spaces are going to have hot tubs.
I feel like I have a lot going on with work these days. I’m writing this ebook. I’m also trying to figure out how to grow my Facebook group. And that is https://www.facebook.com/groups/speciialneedsparepowwow. Anyway, these blogs still need to be done. Travel can be somewhat intimidating when you have a child with special needs. But do not let it stop you from traveling.
Yes, you may want to start small with something fairly easy. For example, you may want to visit family or friends, someone that lives about an hour away.. Stay the weekend with them. You want to see how your special needs child does being in the car. You will also want to see how they are going to do away from home.
Next try visiting someone who lives two or three hours away. You may want to also decide on a hotel and go there there for a night or two to see how that works. How do they do eating in a restaurant?? Can they enjoy museums?