One of the things I feel is really important for people to understand, is some of the challenges that families like mine face. I will only speak for myself here but I encourage you to chime in with your experience below in the comments.
Autism is one of those things that impacts a family in ways that can’t really be quantified.
As a single Dad, raising 3 boys in different places on the Autism Spectrum, I can share some of the challenges that I personally struggle with. These challenges are things that many people don’t like to talk about and I’ll likely get criticized by some for sharing them but the reality is that the truth isn’t always pretty.
I don’t think there’s an area of my life that isn’t somehow impacted by Autism.
As an Autism Parent with about 14 years of experience, I still find myself at a loss. I’ve picked up some tricks along the way but because Autism is such a dynamic human condition, experience doesn’t always translate into knowing what to do.
Having 3 boys in different places on the Autism Spectrum makes things challenging for me because they each have unique and often conflicting needs.
On my very best day, I’m still only one person and there isn’t even close to enough of me to go around. That means I live every single day with the heartbreaking knowledge that I’m never enough to meet their needs. This leads me to the enormous amount of crushing guilt I experience for everything.
As an Autism parent, I feel guilty for so many things, both within and outside of my control.
I feel guilty that I can’t make things better for my kids.
I feel guilty that I can’t provide a better life for my kids.