Riley has been attending a day camp this week, put on by her therapeutic martial arts school. She's been meditating, creating art about what she saw in meditation, doing yoga, learning emotional freedom techniques, dancing, cooking healthy food, working on social skills, doing martial arts, and much more I probably don't even know about.
I am envisioning a similar camp for moms of kids with special needs. We'd do all of the above, but with manis and pedis, and massage.
But as I was envisioning, I thought about another camp. This one for the dads of kids with special needs. HT works long hours, and lots of overtime, to pay for everything our kids need. For a few years, he came home only to be greeted by a crazy lady who would hand him the kids and run. He'd get desperate phone calls in the middle of the work day and have to talk me off the ledge. I know the pressure I'm under, but I don't really know his. What's it like to balance the financial responsibility, watch your kids struggle, and also watch the love of your life fall apart? And men. What's with them? They basically talk to no one. Stay at home dads face their own set of challenges and stigma. Do they talk about it? I don't know. There would be forced talking at my camp for men! We won't put that on the brochure. The men definitely need a camp.
Therapeutic camp for families. My wheels are turning.