#Autism Discussion: Has parenting been all that you thought it would be?

I was wondering how you all felt about parenting. Has parenting, up to this point in your life, been everything you thought it would be?

If you have a special needs child, how has that impacted you?

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The reason I’m asking this is because I think that everyone has expectations when they are younger about how being a parent and raising a family will be.  Sometimes, life can throw you a curveball in the form of a special needs child.

Don’t assume that being a curveball means anything bad.  It’s simply referring to an unplanned change of course or the beginning of a new journey.

It’s simply different than what you may have envisioned parenting being like.

I would really like to hear your opinions. 🙂


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TrishMorrin

I have 3 older children and raising them was tough without one of them being special needs, then Khai comes along completely out of the blue. My marriage wasn’t working out and I started bringing Khai up by myself at 15 months old. I started to notice things with him and so began our journey of his Autism.We went through all the necessary steps to have him diagnosed and then he was medicated. He’s had his ups and downs on medication, but somethings changed. I want to heal him if I can . Being my youngest I want to give it my best shot. My 12 year old does not spend much time with us anymore partly because of khai and partly because she’s becoming a teenager, breaks my heart though, cause she is spending less and less time with us. I have given up my job to be a full-time carer for khai and every day is a challenge, I have lost friends and family along the way , but I still have my children. I know a lot of people have a passion, my partners is his music, I think mine could very well be my children.

Joe Spencer

We always deprive ourselves when we compare what happens against what we originally expect and don’t roll with it.  As a parent, I do feel like my son’s autism often seems to take center stage over him himself though.  Currently with him now entering puberty I have no idea about how to do a birds and bees talk.  All the scripts I had in my head when he was born are completely out the window…

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