Parenting a spectrum of girls

I love my kids, and usually I take the challenges that come with raising 3 girls (one profoundly gifted, one on the autism spectrum and one with asthma) in stride.   I keep up with all of the latest information, ideas, therapies, classes etc. to meet the needs of each of my special girls.  I work with them, play with them, generally eat sleep and breathe my daughters.

Don’t let my love and enthusiasm fool you…I am not super mom!

Yesterday was a prime example of a not so super mom day.  I was exhausted from Easter Sunday (full of cooking, cleaning and entertaining after an early morning church service) and from being at work early.  M was off in autism land due to being off schedule and a full, busy weekend.  A was also extra tired and cranky.  (Lucky for K she spent most of the day at a friend’s house 😉  )  And so, the little girls and I got on each other’s nerves all day.  I was cranky with them and could not wait for them to go to bed.  They each had several time outs and I even did a little yelling, and probably a lot of sighing and eye rolling.  Definitely not “Mother of the Year” material.

Fortunately, my husband was wonderful and read the girls their stories and put them to bed while I took my oldest to the store and to her friend’s house and visited with one of my friends.

Today M had an even more rough day, but A had a much better day.  I got a good night’s sleep last night, however, and was much better able to handle the meltdowns.  Some parents seem to have it really together and we think “If only I could be like so-and-so, they are such a great mom”.  Other parents seem to be a real mess and we think “I am so glad I am not like so-and-so, why can’t they just get it together?”  It just depends on when you catch them.  Every parent does the best they can with their different children and different struggles.  We need to hold each other up, learn from each other and be honest with each other.  We are a community (all moms, and especially autism moms) and we are here to help each other.  I sure am grateful for all of my fellow autism moms, whom I can get advice from or just vent to a knowing ear or share news that only they could truly appreciate.   Let’s be a light to each other, not just during autism awareness month, but every day.  ❤

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