I don’t know what it’s like to be able to get the kids dressed and off to school without having a major delay or meltdown due to how their clothes feel on their skin, especially shoes and socks.
People on the outside feel as though I exaggerate this stuff but hand to God, this and more happens every single day.
The thing I really try to do is remain focused on the positive. That’s not always easy or even possible but doing so helps keep me centered.
I always remember that while I’m frustrated, overwhelmed, angry, exhausted or just plain burnt out, my kids have it worse. While I have to deal with them struggling with their challenges, I don’t live it first hand like they do.
Every day my kids get up and face challenges that as a neurotypical adult male, I can’t even begin to imagine.
I do what I do not because I’m somehow better at it than anyone else. I do what I do because I love my kids more than having a normal life. I find strength in every victory we celebrate, regardless of the size.
I’m not exempt from losing patience or raising my voice at times but I really just try to take things in stride, roll with the punches and bend with the wind, so to speak.
Truthfully, no matter much better at this special needs parenting game you think I am, the reality is that I might not last a day in your shoes because everything is relative.
Remember that and never underestimate yourself….