It’s soooo important that as we’re educating others about our au-mazing children for #AutismAwarenessMonth,
that we talk about the challenges that PARENTS face too!
Parenting in general is difficult, but when you have a child with autism, parenting is a whole other level of challenging.
Personally, I’ve struggled with feelings of shame - I was afraid admit and tell people my Zachary has autism for 8 whole years.
I and so many others have faced anxiety, whether it be about receiving our child’s diagnosis, about how to get by day to day, about what the future holds for our children.
Many autism parents even experience grief - when we first receive our child’s diagnosis sometimes there’s a sense of loss.
Sometimes we feel overwhelming sadness, and guilt. We blame ourselves, we doubt everything we do as parents.
A lot of special needs parents also suffer from depression because of how demanding and stressful the role is.
I’ve been incredibly frustrated, with myself, with Zachary, with the world. It’s a LOT to handle y’all.
But somehow through it all we have to figure out how to take care of ourselves, go to work, go to school, take care of the rest of our families and still manage to devote our full selves to our au-mazing gifts.
Autism parents have an incredible job. One that isn’t easy, one that is more challenging than we could’ve ever imagined, but one that is also so wonderfully AU-MAZING 💙💙
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