Well, I took the two youngest on a 5-hour car ride this weekend. I had to go to the Autism Doc for a follow-up for The Boy. I thought it would be easier for Hubby if I took the baby with me. Well, my daughter wanted to come along too. I thought I could handle it…….. Yeahhhhhh……….
A 5-hour trip home last night turned into about 7 hours. I stopped for gas JUST so I could get out of the car and away from the bickering for 5 minutes! I had Stress Away in my Orb Diffuser, Present Time on my shirt, and Peace and Calming all over the seats in the back with the kids. Dude – it was rough. Looks like Hubby was having an easier time at home with The Boy. Man – I thought I was picking the easier of the two scenarios. NOPE!
It just goes to show that parenting is rough.
Parenting a non-verbal child with ASD is tough.
Parenting a 9-year-old girl is tough.
Toddlers = crazy tough.
Teenagers…. let’s not even go there 😉
The journey is rough on us all. Yes, Autism sets us up for challenges that we aren’t prepared for. It puts us in positions that look different from a ‘typical’ family. There are different worries and have different effects on us. Our worries tend to never end because our child may never grow to be able to care for themselves.
My journey may be beyond challenging. My journey is going to stretch me and my family. My journey is teaching everyone in my family, extended family, friends and even acquaintances things they never dreamed of.
So let’s all embrace our parenting journey and realize that it isn’t easy on anyone.