We've just started with some core stability exercises that Millie has to do twice a day.
It's quite a challenge to fit them in some days - mornings are okay, I've just started to get her up half an hour earlier than she used to, to do them, but the evenings are a bit more problematic -
- Millie is so tired when she finishes school that 80-90% of the time she falls asleep in the car on the way home, and I have to carry her indoors (not easy - she's getting heavy now)....she usually wakes up briefly and the falls straight back to sleep for a good hour or more....so between trying to arrange our evening meal for when hubby gets in so that we eat together, getting her to do her homework, trying to let her have half an hour to do what she wants to do, and compensating for the half an hour earlier she's getting up in the mornings - physio has become part of the bedtime routine, and bedtime is getting pushed on later and later because of it....we need to make better arrangements really - but I'm not sure how???
We have a reward chart, but the novelty is wearing off a bit already. When she first started I said if she got 10 stickers (2 a day) I'd give her some money to buy a magazine or a small toy - just to encourage her to get started. And then from there on I've said she can have something every 14 stickers (so on a weekly basis)....but she has about 22 stickers at the moment and I keep offering her the money, or offering to buy her a surprise - she insists that she wants to choose it herself, but when it comes to going shopping to buy herself something, she can't be bothered.
I've also noticed that Millie chooses to mess around and not get on with it, when she's actually finding it hard going - she never tells me that as such, but me and hubby both agree that when she starts her messing around, it's when she's had enough and wants a break.
We have quite a few whingy, teary sessions - especially in the evenings. If she's not had her after school nap, she will sob her way through the whole routine sometimes. She asked me the other day why she has to do these exercises when nobody else in her class at school has to do them...I told her it was to help her "extra-bendy joints" to become more stable - but I did feel a little bit sorry for her.
She never kicks up a fuss about having to do them, she's good in that respect - she's told me on a couple of occasions that she doesn't want to do them but she knows she's got to, and then she just gets on with it.
The hardest part for me is when she's has her whingy, tearful monents - but we have to just keep plodding on, don't we!