118. Support isn't Optional, It is EssentialJan 05, 2023
It isn't uncommon to feel like you are losing yourself in this parenting journey and you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, frustrated, and alone, right? You might have even had thoughts that you aren’t cut out for this autism parenting thing and you constantly feel like you aren’t doing enough. Caring for a child on the spectrum takes a lot of time and energy parenting isn’t easy and when you add in autism, it’s usually next level.
Whether you have been here for a while with me or if you are brand new to me, you will hear me say all the time that you cannot travel this journey without support, honestly, it just isn’t sustainable. You will need help learning how to manage your feelings when faced with the challenges along this autism parenting journey that I promise you, you will come upon.
Raising a child on the spectrum is difficult for the entire family not to mention your extended family and friends who likely aren’t going to understand it and they might not even agree with it. You are going to need to learn how to manage your own emotions and feelings when you come up against these unique challenges. Find yourself a support network. It can be so easy when things are difficult along this journey for you to isolate yourself, please don’t do that. Don’t struggle to manage it alone. Loneliness will only increase your feelings of anxiety, depression, and isolation.
Your family and friends will likely respond in various ways and they might find it difficult to support you or they might respond in ways that actually aren’t very helpful. I want you to feel totally capable of handling anything that comes your way. That is always my goal as I work with our moms. I help them to become the mom they want to be and build a life of resilience while embracing this unique parenting journey that we are on.
Maybe you are a single parent, and that brings with it, its own set of unique challenges but you are not broken, your family is not damaged and when you are willing to give up your story about how much harder your life is than everyone else, you can stop being so frustrated with your life and yourself. You will stop doubting your parenting and instead have confidence in yourself knowing that you are doing the best you can with what you know at any time. If you don’t take care of yourself and your emotional well-being along the way, you won’t be able to be the best parent to your child that they need you to be.
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