Door Sign - Tip #28
While your house is not a hotel and your family member shouldn’t be allowed to have a permanent ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on their door handle there should be times when you or anyone in the family can have a self imposed ‘time out’ and a place to be alone. A sign will help you to accomplish this and while you are making them you can come up with rules and a general an understanding about how long the sign can be up, who can interupt, etc.
See side bar for a template you can use to create you own door sign. If you want something even sturdier you can go to Michaels or another craft store and buy foam door hangers and decorate them yourself too. My kids loved making them and while they made them they chatted to each other about why they like having time alone and how important it was that people read their signs! Everyone needs time alone (regardless of age) and not only does this sign tell the world they need a minute to themselves, it also tells you that something is bothering them (something you don’t always know otherwise).
Megan Egerton Graham is the author and creator of the While You Were Away series of books and programs. She has taught every grade from Kindergarten to grade 12. Her specialists are in Guidance (Deployment) and Special Education (Behaviour). She has been a guidance counselor for several years and now works as a Principal for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. Megan has taught on military base schools and is a military wife and mother of two. Her husband continues to be an active member of the Canadian forces. She has also written a Deployment Handbook and Reunion Handbook for the Canadian Forces and continues to work with Military Resource and Readiness Centers, social workers, deployment support co-ordinators and school liasions both in Canada and the US. She travels around North America providing support to schools, military bases and personnel working with Military families. She is continuing to write books to strengthen and develop resilency within military families.