Plan A: Isabelle stayed in bed and called me calmly this morning, which we’ve been working on, one minute prior to her alarm clock turning green. Therefore, the plan was to take her out for lunch, so long as she did her work, was polite to other people (i.e., said hello to the office staff who are beyond kind to her), and listened, once she finished OT and speech.
BUT, that didn’t happen since she ran around the therapy services office and nearly collided with someone in a wheelchair (after I just asked her to use walking feet and stay with me — like I do every time we go there — today). Therefore, she lost the “going out to lunch privilege,” which pained me since she worked so hard during both of her therapy sessions. I felt so badly about having to take away a fun lunch out since she worked so hard during both of her sessions.
Plan B: Being consistent is hard, but sometimes you just have to stick with something. And that’s what I did. After I reiterated how proud I was of her for working well today, I drove her past the roller coasters at Hersheypark (which aren’t running since the park is closed), filled up with gasoline, and went home. I felt terrible for having to “punish” her, but Isabelle knows that if she doesn’t do her work or misbehaves when she goes to therapy, then she doesn’t get to do “something fun” afterwards. (And I love doing something fun with her.) So, I made a little fun happen at home.
Here’s a digital look at how we spent some quality time together this afternoon. We had a good time. It was less expensive than going out to Panera and quite frankly, I think she enjoyed it more than going out for lunch. (Though I can’t be sure of how she felt, I know I had a good time.)