#Autism Parenting: Where breaks are not a luxury, they are a necessity

#Autism Parenting: Where breaks are not a luxury, they are a necessity

We are getting some breathing room today, at least for a little while anyway. Lizze’s parents came and picked the boys up for the day because they’re awesome. ☺

We’re not getting as many breaks anymore because life happens and priorities have to shift accordingly. We totally get it and frankly, totally agree. At the same time however, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t have a negative impact on us. The math is simple. Fewer breaks means more overall stress.

This is why we never, ever take the breaks we get for granted. This is why we always appreciate what our family is able to do in regards to helping us get breaks.

Most everything helps and we’re beyond grateful for our supportive family. ☺

Life isn’t easy for our kids with Autism and it’s not easy for us as parents either. No matter how much we love our kids, we can only deal with so much at a time. Breaks are so important because they give us an opportunity to regroup, rest, calm down, re-center and regain our strength.

If we didn’t get these breaks, we would simply fall apart. The constant demands, worries, stress, sleep deprivation, anxiety and mental/physical exhaustion would break us. Human beings are meant to endlessly withstand this kind of stress.

Breaks shouldn’t be considered a luxury because they are a necessity.

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