A water fight has been the end result of a difficult week. We have had a problem getting Jack to come outside for the last few days. He first said he didn’t want to go outside on Monday, it’s not unusual to have days where he doesn’t want to go out. So I just left him, as trying to force the issue would be counterproductive. After the same thing happened on Tuesday, and then again on Wednesday day, we started to become concerned.
Jack eventually told us, that he wouldn’t go outside because the coronavirus is there. We told him it was perfectly safe to go in the garden, but unsurprisingly that wasn’t enough to convince Jack. I reached out on twitter, and got lots of responses with ideas to try and get Jack outside. I’d like to thank everybody for their help. We will be trying everything, even if not now, it is likely Jack will need reassurance again before this is all over.
The first idea was to use our Guinea Pigs to get him outside. He always loves it when we get them out, especially if we just let them roam free on the garden. It worked to get him outside for about 10 minutes. Unfortunately it was a lovely sunny day, which meant there was lots of wasps, hornets, bees etc.. buzzing about. Jack hates anything with a buzz, and had a fear of wasps after a nasty encounter with a wasps nest at his grandads house when he was younger.
So now we are fighting on two fronts. Back to the advice from twitter. Another social story, but concentrating on going in the garden is something we have looked at. Someone also shared this book with me, which you can read by clicking here.
Starting fun activities we know Jack will enjoy. Mentioning to him what we are doing, and leaving the doors open for him to join in if he wants too, with no pressure or demand on him. Lily wanted to have a water fight, and whilst we weren’t going to directly ask Jack if he wanted to join in. Lily as always soon went for the direct approach, and asked him to join in.
As usual, Lily had more success than we do, and Jack came outside. We did it late afternoon, with the idea that their would be less “buzzing” things about. It was a resounding success, Jack stayed outside for quite some time having a water fight with Lily, and even watering the plants in the garden.
Time for a water fight
The thing that really made me laugh, was that the two kids that will scream blue murder and the mere mention of washing their hair. Decided to tip water over their own head, after the photo below they did it with a bucket.
They then turned their attention on me. I absolutely hate water fights. I hate the feel of the water. I tried to make a run for it, but there was no escape.
It was great to see Jack not only outside, but also having a great time playing with his sister. It gives me optimism that we can keep getting him outside, in the sun and fresh air. As long we make it fun and do it on his terms.