One of the things that I can personally struggle with in regards to Autism parenting and parenting in general for that matter, is self-doubt. If there is ever going to be anything that makes an adult question themselves, it’s parenting.
When it comes to Autism parenting, that sense of self-doubt significantly increases and for good reason.
Autism Parenting is tough and there’s no two ways about it.
Speaking for myself but hoping you can relate. I’m harder on myself than anyone else in the world ever could be.
It’s so easy to tear myself down over what I feel are weaknesses or inadequacies on my part. I find that more often than not, I catch myself comparing my parenting abilities to that of the typical parents I’m surrounded by all the time.
They seem to have it all together and often times don’t struggle in the more extreme ways that I do.
This can be quite demoralizing because I look at how poorly I’m providing for my family (in my opinion anyway) or that my kids can’t play outside because of how bad of a neighborhood we live in.
I know how tough it is to keep groceries in our house or how overwhelming it is to keep said house reasonably maintained. I know how guilty I can feel when my kids are driving me crazy because I should have more patience with them.
Worst of all, I have to watch my kids struggle in ways that I can’t always have an impact on, especially when it comes to Gavin. This poor kid has already lived through more than most people will during the course of their entire lives. It’s not fair and I can’t do a goddamn thing about it.
I could go on but I think you get the point.