I want to be straight up and completely real here for a minute. Not that I do anything but that anyway. 😉
I love hearing from my readers, be it here or on Facebook etc. Two of the things that I get asked quite a bit are the following.
How in the world do I maintain my sanity? How do I not run out of patience with my kids and their challenging behavior?
Something that’s really important to understand is that every single situation is different. Everyone is facing unique challenges and we all have different thresholds for things.
I don’t have any type of super power that prevents me from losing my mind while raising three boys with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety and fragile health on my own as a single Dad. I’m just as human as the next person and I have my limits as well.
The thing with me is that I work very hard at understanding my limits, recognizing them and whenever possible, removing myself from the equation for a brief period of time when I feel myself reaching that threshold. That’s really the biggest trick in my arsenal.
Writing about everything the way I do really helps as well. It’s helps me to process everything, regain perspective and feel like I’m making something positive come out of a very challenging situation.
The other thing to keep in mind is that I’ve been doing this for a very long time. It’ll be 15 years as a special needs parent pretty soon.
I honestly don’t remember anything else.
I don’t remember what it’s like to not have to struggle with everything. I don’t even know what it’s like to cook one meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner and have everyone be able to eat it. As it stands, I typically prepare at least three different meals in order to feed everyone and often have to remake something over and over because of slight imperfections.
People on the outside feel as though I exaggerate this stuff but hand to God, this and more happens every single day.