Thinking back, I could kick myself for having said these things because I forget how grateful and blessed I am to have M in our lives. He’s a happy, healthy, relatively well-adjusted, and rambunctious little boy who can make us laugh with his silly faces one minute and then feel completely exasperated the next minute.
Parenting a healthy child is hard. However, I am completely floored by the experiences parents with autistic children go through. Because yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day, I took the opportunity to educate and remind myself of the challenges parents of autistic children must endure just to keep their kids safe. While I am often relieved to put M to bed and reclaim my time, my heart goes out to parents who must be constantly "on," vigilant, and apologetic regarding their child's wild, often unexplainable behavior.
If you haven’t already, take a minute to educate yourself on autism because the least we can do for these parents is lend some understanding and support.
Here are some resources to get you started:
Autism Parents' Plea: Understand Kids' Meltdowns, a CNN article regarding a parent's struggle