#Autism, peanut butter sandwiches and independence

My main man Elliott Richard made his own lunch this afternoon. He made himself a peanut butter sandwich.  That’s totally awesome,  but wait there’s more. Not only did he make his own lunch but he also made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for Gavin. 

I’m so proud of him. 

It may not seem like much to the average person,  but to this Daddy,  it was the highlight of my day and probably my weekend.
It’s sooooo important that we help our kids to become as independent as they possibly can. Even something as simple as making their own lunch is a invaluable life skill that they will take with them as they go forward.

I know it’s not always easy to let go and allow your kids to spread their wings.  As time goes on,  I’m learning just how important that is to their development.  When I became a special needs parent,  I set forth to make the world as safe for them as possible.  That’s not a bad thing but I also inadvertently was quashing their independence.

Sure the sandwich won’t be perfect and yes it will probably leave a message.  Howeve. r,  instead of saying no,  I’ll make it for you,  simply because I don’t have the energy to clean up the mess,  I’m learning to let go a little more. 

I’ll be honest with you,  they have surprised me with just how independent they already can be,  if only I’d let them. 

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**Thanks for reading**

       -Lost and Tired

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This was posted via WordPress for Android, courtesy of Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Please forgive any typos. I do know how to spell but auto-correct is working against me.

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