I thought I would be going crazy during this time, but for the most part, the break has been going really well. It's been nice to sleep in a bit each day and not deal with homework. I think my daughter has been much easier to get along with without all the demands of school on her! Cool!
She has also been having some great interaction with her peers. On Friday we went to the park. She found 3 kids to play with and played with them perfectly--without any help from me! She also noticed an old friend from preschool, who she ran up to say "hi!" to. Again, without any prompting from me! I was floored! And thrilled!
The next day, we were at the park again for a playdate with a normie friend from school. My daughter played with her really well too. The girls had a great time! So, we were invited over to their house for a playdate yesterday. I hung out at the house for that one, since the mom and I were playing well together too! That playdate lasted six and a half hours and only needed intervention from me once during that time!
Before Christmas, she went to a friend's house for a cookie decorating party (while I had my mom blogger meet up with Dani G.). This friend had about 5 other girls there that my daughter didn't know. She did a great job interacting with the kids at that party also!
To say I'm thrilled is an understatement! Sure, my daughter has had successful playdates with other kids before. But a lot of them have been a bit spectrummy themselves. She's had successful playdates with other normie kids in the past, but I don't think she had so many within a week. While I can't say that she didn't get upset at all, I can say that the amount she did get upset didn't appear odd or "off!" I really hope this trend continues!
Not too surprisingly, after we left the marathon playdate last night, my daughter did get upset over a toy she gave to another friend six months earlier. It was obvious to me that she was actually having a hard time leaving the playdate, and it manifested itself in a strange way. While I wasn't happy with the next hour of off and on tears over little things, I thought it was a small price to pay for strengthing her bonds with her typical peers.
Things are not perfect yet. They probably never will be, but I will take the advances that I see! Heck ya!