tranisitioning teens to mom and dad working!

Lori - posted on 01/14/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my dh lost his job at the end of August last yr and I began working in late November - now hubs has a temp job starting this week and we are a family in transition. We arent sure how long it will last but its at least 2weeks or more at this point. It could potentially lead to a full time permanent position. Our dd is off school for a couple of weeks due to exams-her special education class doesnt have the same tests so she is out of school till the beginning of Feb-she returns on her 17th birthday. We have a plan in place with relatives and neighbors on call for her while hubs and I are at work-on an average day she will be solo 5 hrs and one day a week it will be 8hrs-on that day she will be with a relative. Its been interesting to see how she has prepared herself for this time and has a plan of action to cope with being alone. I am so thankful that she has shown herself to be so capable-I dont think I could continue to work as much as I do if she wasnt able to stay home. Its definately been a experience for our whole family-this is my first time out of the house working in about 14 yrs and although I have worked temp jobs seasonally usually hubs or I have been home. This is a practice run for summertime since both teens my 15 yr old ds and my 17 yr old dd will be home. We have a plan for them then as well with community programs. How do you prepare your special needs children to be home alone if you were in this situation? My teens are almost 15 and almost 17 so well able to do this even with their developmental challenges.

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Lori - posted on 01/14/2012

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We have actually been "practicing" for a few yrs now-its just that we have never left them alone for hrs on end so its a new type of independance for them. We have all the checks and balances in place and hope all the practice makes for a great transition.

Michelle - posted on 01/14/2012

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give them some practice runs on the weekend you and hubby go out for a few hours and let them be independent from the sounds of it you have taught your daughter what she needs in order to be alone and I am sure your son is the same way. This way you will know if they are ready for the challenge.

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