Dear Autism (insert your child’s diagnosis here) Mom:
It’s not your fault.
If you are going through your internal list thinking of what you did, where you went wrong and how you ended up in this place. It’s not something you did.
It’s not something that went wrong.
You are here and it’s not your fault. It’s just this hard.
As mothers we have this internal dialog that constantly wonders this, is it just me? Is this my fault? We have this deep need to make it better, to nurture it away and to be the best, to be everything for our child(ren).
We think about, why this is so hard and turn inside ourselves that it must be us.
We get judged by those who are ignorant in our life, that this because of our parenting and this just adds fuel to the fire.
But, I want to make this very clear. It’s not your fault. You cannot prevent Autism (or insert your child’s diagnosis here). You cannot cause Autism.
You’ve read every article on the HOW, the WHAT and the WHY and you still find yourself thinking that it’s just you.
It’s just that parenting Autism is really hard.
Did you get that…. It’s just that it is REALLY HARD.
It’s the endless challenges. The constant needs.
The lack of sleep…. The Why?
The constant work on social skills, on appropriate behavior, and on trying to get them to eat something other than french fries (or insert the only food they currently eat).
The constant need to touch, to move, to spin, to never sit still and sometimes roll across the floor because it just can’t be helped.
The trouble with emotions, with being out of control. A body that flails and fists that form.
It’s just HARD.
It’s the constant reminders and the never remembering the simplest task.
It’s the hard of the quietness in the lack of words and conversation that you wish was there.
It’s the hard of the grief that you find in this place.
It’s just HARD.
And you dear Autism Mom, whether or not you know it yet, is that this hard has grown you into something amazing. This hard has grown your heart to love more, to break more and to not be messed with.
It’s made you into a mom that even though you feel like giving up you never will. You are fighting the toughest battle you will ever face. Make peace with the hard. Make peace with the challenges.
This is hard.
Find your tribe. Don’t ever forget to ask for help. Remember, that you are more amazing than you know. You are doing all the right things, you aren’t giving up.
Sometimes, it’s just harder than you ever imagined it would be.
And you are not alone in that.