I am grateful to be the mom to two beautiful beings that have have been graced with Autism.  In the beginning I in no way shape or form saw Autism as any type of gift.  I honestly thought I was being punished for something that I had done in my past. I didn't know what but I knew that this was some sort of punishment from the universe.

But what I discovered as I begin to parent my children on the spectrum is that they were here to teach me some valuable lessons. You see, before I had children I wasn't compassionate, patient or really all that kind. I was basically forced into this crash course on love, and what it truly looked like.

When you find the joy in any situation no matter how bleak it looks, it makes the journey easier and a bit more pleasant.  What often happens when you tell someone that your child has a different ability is they tell you how sorry they are. It's so easier to get in victim mode, feeling like everything is happening to you and not for you. When you parent a child with special needs from a place of victimhood it translates to their self esteem also, so you have to be sure to parent from a place of power.

Here is why your child's Autism is a gift:

  1. You are being shown unconditional love at its finest - Children with Autism are on a completely different level than the rest of us. Their ability to love and forgive is amazing
  2. You learning how to appreciate those  different that you - Having a child with Autism takes you far out of your tolerance comfort zone.  You are less likely to judge and more likely to be compassionate to those you meet.
  3. You learn how strong, smart and capable you really are - Between all of the medical appointments and educational assessments most parents with Autistic children should be given honorary doctorates in medicine and education. You automatically become a part of a medical and educational team to advocate for someone other than you. 

There's hope for you yet.

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Peace Love & Recovery

Charmaine

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