Celebrate the victories
As you progress through your Autism parenting journey, you will very quickly learn how easy it is to be overrun by the negative. The amount of heartache, pain, frustration, exhaustion (both physical and emotional), stress, fear and guilt you feel will weigh heavy at times. The negative can very often overshadow the positives.
Understand and accept that your life is likely to be different from what you had originally planned and adjust your expectations accordingly.
A child with Autism can struggle with things that come very easily to most kids.
While it might be true that your child with Autism will never score the winning touchdown or sink that sweet three-point shot at the buzzer to win the game, your child will amaze you in other ways. Find joy in the little things most people ignore.
It’s important to celebrate the victories, no matter how big or small they may seem. In my family, we have found great joy in the little victories. We routinely celebrate things like wearing shoes and sock, trying a new food, self-regulating, adapting to a change in routine, and overcoming any other obstacles in their lives. There are victories in our house and they help me maintain perspective.
I figured out very early on that I needed to let go of what I thought my parenting life was going to be and embrace my Autism parenting life for what it is.