Sometimes it’s hard to entertain when you have a child with “ADHD” and SPD. Unstructured social situations can be challenging and you never know what the mood will be. It’s much easier to take our kids somewhere else, so we can escape when we know it’s time. It’s easier to leave than to ask someone else to leave. Because sometimes the intensity gets so high that our hearts begin to beat out of our chests and we just. can’t. deal.
We decided we were going to practice being social and hospitable. Logan has made so much progress in the area of social skills development, but he could still use more practice. And we want our children to remember our house as being welcoming and open to all. So we decided to host Soup Sundays. Likely it will just be a few times a month to start, but I’m hoping it will turn into a Sunday tradition. We’ll see how this goes.
Our goal is to invite one family over on Sundays (keep it small) and have a short period of play time and dinner, from 4-6 (keep it short). I decided to call it Soup Sundays, because I can prepare soup in advance. Salads and breads are simple to make and so this is a relatively low stress event.
I’m looking forward to it! Our first guests are the Mitchell’s, our good friends from the past several churches (we stick together like PB&J!). The children are blissfully napping right now (um, miracle!) and I am surprisingly calm. Soup’s on! Soup Sunday :)