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Lessons from The Princess Bride for Parents w/ Kiddos on the Spectrum

I’ll be honest, I had never heard about the movie “The Princess Bride” until I got to BYU.  It seemed that every Friday, there was a movie theater, campus or auditorium that had a “Princess Bride” feature.  It was seriously one of the most popular date sites on campus and you could count on one or two people quoting THE ENTIRE MOVIE!

Pic from The Deseret News

Pic from The Deseret News

Fast forward what, 20 yrs and I now have a wife who LOVES (and can quote) the movie  . . . . . . though she DOESN’T love BYU.  Anyway, it was a matter of time that someone came up with a Princess Bride and Autism connection.  Click on the pic or link up top to see the article!  Fun stuff!

“Why didn’t we do this earlier?”  That was the thought I had with our recent BYU Volleyball Trip . . . and again this weekend when we had one of their best friends from school, “DJ” over.  There are a number of kids in their class who live within ten minutes of here but the boys and DJ are ALWAYS together and, for the most part, they seem to play pretty well together.

Playing with DJ @ school

Playing with DJ @ school

Their ‘play date’ went really well!  I think the only bump we ran into was when we told the boys that DJ was coming over the next day, all three of them said, “But what about tonight?”  Da boyz got up at their usual Sat time and the first thing they did was brush their teeth and change their clothes so they’d be ready for DJ to come over.  By 9am, the constant “is he here yet?  How much longer?” and barrage of questions got to be too much so Twin A and I hit the store to do some errands.

Puzzle Time!

Puzzle Time!

The played so well together.  The only activity that I was hesitant to do but they insisted on doing was to play the Wii.  So, I made a list of activities that they needed to do (including to eat all their carrots at lunch) before they could play.  They even did five puzzles together and for the last 20 minutes, got some quality Wii time in . . . . boys will be boys. It was interesting to see that when they decided to have a lightsaber battle, they figured out a way to share the two lightsabers between the three boys.  Granted, it took some negotiating but they figured it out with no help from me.  Awesome.

So excited to welcome another cousin!

So excited to welcome another cousin!

Later that evening, we had a baby shower for my ‘little’ sister who is expecting her first.  The boys had two of their cousins over as well as a few other friends and things went really well!  My sister gave my daughter a stuffed wolf from Jackson Hole, Wyoming that we affectionally named “Jackson.”  Well, our vote for her little babies name is Jackson so my sister in law made us some shirts with her silhouette cameo that sported our choice.  I don’t think it’ll happen. . . . well, maybe not this time around at least!

We had another group of friends over for the SuperBowl and today, we are enjoying their day off from school.  We’ve had some issues with Twin A in their gym class.  He gets really angry when someone cuts in front of him, or doesn’t do something right, etc.  He got bumped today in an activity and bam! water works!  Ugh, I usually let him deal with it and try not to get involved but this week and last week, I’ve had to take him on the side for a few minutes until he can calm down. . . . .still trying to figure this one out.  Any ideas plz share.  Mahalo and have a great week!