Image shows hands holding a coffee mug with text: In our family, we value rest time. We accept that we need time to process the world. We acknowledge our need to recover from sensory assaults and the searing intensity of other people.

Come back home and rest

Once, my family life looked like this: two working parents, one child in kindergarten, playgroup, soccer, music, and playdates with friends in-between.

We were stressed, we were exhausted, we were constantly melting down, and we were taking medication to cope.

We are all neurodivergent.

Identifying and understanding our neurodivergence has created space for some significant changes in our family; like reducing work, starting home education, and dropping scheduled sports, music and playgroups. Why?

In our family, we value rest time.

We accept that we need time to process the world. We acknowledge our need to recover from sensory assaults and the searing intensity of other people.Sometimes we are still stressed, and we still meltdown. That’s OK. We are practising.

Each day I ask, “what will we do today?” Sometimes my children say, “stay home” and we do stay home, and rest.

Sometimes my children say, “playground,” or “museum,” or “waterpark,” and
full of energy from restful days, we join the world for HUGE adventures,
touching everything and soaking up all of the wonderful exuberant deliciousness of the world.

Then we come back home and rest.

Sometimes my children say “visit H,” or “see Nana” and we play and talk with friends, or spend time with cousins and grandparents,

Then we come back home and rest.

We wear pyjamas all day (or nothing),
roll around on the carpet and lie on the cool tiles,
graze on food,
jump and climb on furniture,
watch movies,
wander around outside in the sun,
look for birds and wallabies,
create muddy puddles,
draw on everything,
read books,
play on the iPad,
hide under blankets,
nap.

When we stay home and rest,
We are living neurodivergently, and it’s so good. 

<3 Briannon

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