It’s easy to underestimate the impact a meltdown can have on a parent

This morning took so much out of me that for the first time in awhile, I crashed after dropping the boys off at school. I did get some writing done prior but I was just no longer able to function and needed sleep.

I feel much better now, although I’m still tired.

It’s pretty easy to underestimate how much a morning full of meltdowns can impact a parent. The amount of emotional and physical energy expended is immeasurable.

On the positive side of things, once Emmett works through the sensory issues in the morning, he seems to recover much faster than I do and has a good day at school. Truthfully, if given the choice, this is how I would want it to go.

Experiencing a sensory issue like Emmett does, has to be absolutely horrible and I’m grateful that he can recover so quickly at times.

That being said, I’d be totally lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the day that shoes and socks become easier.

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Father to 3 with Autism and husband to my best friend. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)


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Lisa Zarcone

it hurts to watch and try to help


Yes it does. There’s a wide spread assumption that this is a disciplinary issue but it’s hell for people who actually have meltdowns. When it happens to my kids, I know it’s not their fault and I try to comfort or correct whatever was wrong but the reality is that often times it needs to run its course.

It’s very taxing for the parents as well.