Some days are good, and some days are not so good. I think that is what many of us mothers who have a child with Autism would say.
I don’t talk much publicly about Autism because I want to respect my son’s privacy. But what if by not talking about it, I am doing him a disservice? What if talking about it makes his life easier because more people understand it?
What if his friends knew that they needed to ask him more questions and start more conversations with him, because he may not always talk to them? What kind of world would we live in if we didn’t sweep these things under the rug like they are a taboo topic?
Don’t be ashamed to tell your story.
In our family, we don’t run and hide from the hard things, that is not what we teach our kids. So why should Caleb need to keep his autism a secret? It’s not his fault that you don’t understand it, or him.
We tend to make fun of or just simply not talk about things that make us uncomfortable, but why should we continue to do that with all of the information you could ever need at your finger tips?
This morning, I met a mom at my daughter’s pre-k and we started talking about where our kids will be next year. The subject came up about the services at my son’s school, and we started to have a conversation about Caleb. She was curious about what it’s like to be a parent with an Autistic child.
She asked if I minded talking about it, and I realized that no, I don’t mind talking about it. I would love to help others understand.
In fact, I crave being able to be open with other’s about what our lives are like. It’s not something that only affects him, it affects our whole family. I need to be able to talk about it.
Autism has helped me to stretch and grow as a human and parent in ways that I can’t even count.
I have had to learn all over again how to parent, because I can’t deal with him the exact same way as I do my other children.I have had to learn to be creative, patient, empathetic, and many more adjectives that haven’t always come naturally to me.
Some days are good. Some days are not so good. Some days are both, but it is always worth it.
*I wrote this post a few years ago, and I wanted to share it again in honor of Autism Awareness Month. *
If you think your child may be on the spectrum, I wrote a post about Early Intervention that you should read.
If you would like to know more about Autism, visit Autism Speaks. This site is full of a wealth of information!
National Autism Resources Corp – This site has many items and resources available for children with Autism.
I have used essential oils since my son was little. One of my favorites is Calming the Child. This even worked wonders with our typicals!
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