Soooo, this evening we "learn a lesson" as Nevin would say. He learned that there is a significant difference between cooking your pizza in the microwave for 2 min 22 seconds and cooking it for 22 minutes and 22 seconds. The difference, you ask......... smoke!! and lot's of it.
The "lesson" I learned is: 1.) that I must re-evaluate whether I think Nevin can be home by himself...... and I need to do some praying about this...... while I need to ensure his safety, we must also figure out how to identify "acceptable risk" in pursuit of his desired independence. 2.) Time to start figuring out ways to help him increase his skills in this area.
We also learned that our smoke alarms never came on, despite a huge amount of smoke. They are hard wired and cover the bedrooms and basement....... but not the living areas! hmm, guess we'll be adding a couple smoke alarms.
Nevin's eyes were watering and his nose was running. My eyes were burning like crazy. We went to the basement to bring up fans and Nevin was rattled enough that while hurrying up the stairs with the large fan, fell and scraped up both shins and the fan went flying.
So, lessons learned and more importantly..... I see some "learning" in the near future.
It is difficult to figure out how and what to teach him to do..... especially if it is different than what we did. i.e. we didn't leave the house, we didn't call the fire department, hmmm....... how to teach, how to teach........ always a puzzle.