Fireside Chat With The Autism Mom: My Boy Is A Lightweight And I Am So Proud!

I just made Evan weigh himself. The last time he was officially weighed was at the doctor's office back in April. He weighed over 200 lbs then...I think 203. Today, with Scott's verification, he weighs in at a no-too-shabby 178!

Now, I do recognize there's a difference in the weights of the doctor's scale and ours so I'll just crow that The Boy has lost approximately 20 lbs since our doctor's visit! That's pretty impressive if I do say so!

We have been really careful with his peanut butter addiction. We buy him a jar and write on the top the date the next one will appear. He can eat it all in a few days (he could probably eat it all in a day!) or he can make it last. The first one he really stretched out and the second he ate pretty quickly.

He hasn't asked for his new one yet...probably because now that he has aides he is eating out a lot more.

That, naturally, is our new concern.

His father bought him a $50 Visa gift card to use for his outings with his aides and I believe all of it was consumed on food. If not, at least 99% of it.

This month I plan to get him a $5 Frosty card from Wendy's and a $10 McDonalds card. That will allow him to have his treats but also limit his consumption over the course of the month.

I cook every night and make more than enough for all "my" boys so he is getting a good, solid, nutritious diet at home. I have no issue making lunch for his aides either. I think by limiting his food money, we'll start doing that more but I am hoping it will also benefit Evan's diet too.

The gift cards have proven to be a really good thing for all of us actually and a good way to control spending while allowing treats occasionally. Last month he had cards for the Dollar Store and Michaels. He was able to buy little things and from Michaels we loaded up on art supplies for him.

This month will be a lean month as far as gift cards go...he is getting a pool membership. That's a good deal for us too since, for $60, he can swim everyday AND his aide gets in free. Next month he will go pottery painting and again, his aide can go for free. Not too shabby!

Since Evan's concept of money isn't quite where we'd like it to be, the gift cards help him to be independent and actually learn to manage money. He knows exactly what is on his gift card and reads all of his receipts to make sure they charged him properly.

The discovery of sales tax being taken was an epic day in our house!

Finding ways to let our children learn and be independent is really an important part of parenting, particularly when parenting children with challenges, no matter what they are. Evan wants to BE independent and to be able to structure a life that he enjoys.

This was no more apparent than the day he looked at me and said, "I have a LIFE Mother, and I love it!"

Parenting hashtag WIN!!!!!!

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Lizzie blogs at Look At The Flowers Lizzie.  

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