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Waking up every morning at 6 a.m. Drinking a cup of coffee before you do anything else in the morning. Eating breakfast during your morning commute to work. Taking the same route home from work every day. There are so many things that we do, or could do daily that could become routine. And for a lot of people, that is the case. 
But there are some people who do not live by routine. They “go with the flow” or “wing it.” I am one of those people. I have three children, one of which is special needs and has sever ADHD. So, to some extent we need to follow a routine. But at the same time, life is unpredictable. Life with three kids, one of whom is special needs, is even more predictable. So, I guess my routine is that I have no routine. 

Routinely, my son takes medication each morning. But, there is always that morning where he forgets. Or I forget. Life happens. I get busy and forget to give it to him. Or I leave it on the table and tell him to take it, but then I get distracted and he gets distracted and he forgets. Usually I catch it in time to take it to him and make sure he takes it. But every occasionally, he misses it. 

There are other things too, but that one sticks out the most, as it is one of the most important parts of our days. So, I guess we do have a routine. But at the same time, there is so much more of our days and lives that we literally just make up as we go. And I think that is what makes it fun and interesting. We try to keep order for the most part, and we try to make up a routine and stick to it, but, our lives are organized chaos. And it's beautiful.

Advice for a Daughter