Fitting it all in - exercise and additional needs. Many people ask me how our children manage to fit so much in, and participate in activities despite obvious difficulties. I wrote this for the FABED magazine recently about how we juggle multiple health and activity in our family.
Like any mum with several children I am often split in several directions at once, to ensure that all receive as fair a portion of my time and attention as possible, and have their needs meet. But with all four having health issues this can be particularly tricky, add to that huge age gaps and an husband absent much of the week and a degree in juggling is not only advantageous, but a prerequisite for survival.
All my children, like many with EGID (see above - “What is EGID?”), are hypermobile and suffer side effects from this condition to some extent or another. All need regular exercise to strengthen their muscles but in different ways, and one is on the Autism Spectrum and resists any exercise he regards as “prescribed” so you have to employ every ounce of cunning to sneak up on him!