Clay is in high school, so gets home by 2:30 most days, leaving a long afternoon ahead. The little guy needs some down time, a chance to “decompress” from school. But we also want his afternoons to be productive, filled with activities, typing, reading, homework and a minimum of “stimming” (rolling on the floor, jumping on the bed, etc.)
So, we have two weeks to find a new sitter with the right personality, experience with autism and, preferably, a background in special education. I had to double-check my math, but this will be our sixth sitter in a little more than a year and a half. That’s a lot of change. (I don’t think it’s me, but to be safe, I’m vowing to begin showering at least twice a week going forward.)
Thanks to a growing network of family and friends and the Web site Care.com (which has always come through for us before), we already have some strong candidates.
We filled Clay in on the situation, and that all three of us would be meeting one candidate later today. What did he think?
“So happy another lady is intrested in staying with me,” he typed. “Please tell aplicant that we are thrilled.”
“Is there anything else you want her to know?” my wife asked.
“Would like to tell her that we are smart.”
Absolutely. That is the most important thing the new sitter needs to understand.