Get to know the positive aspects of autism, as well as the challenges. You can leverage your positive characteristics. And when you know the challenges, you’ll be able to better adjust to those challenges.
Try Not To Compare Yourself Unfavorably to Neurotypical Moms and Dads
In doing her research for her articles and speaking to other autistic mothers, Cynthia Kim found that
“Nearly every woman who shared her story for this article felt that she was a good parent and yet most said they experienced alienation, guilt, depression, loneliness or inadequacy when comparing themselves with ‘other moms.’”
Connect With Other Autism Parents and Learn From Them
Recognize You May Benefit from Your Neurotypical Partner’s Insights
Sometimes the challenges of both of you and your child having Aspergers may result in fixed ideas and equal frustrations.It may take speaking to a person who’s not locked in with an alternative point of view to break a stalemate.
Neurotypical Parents: Recognize You May Benefit from Your Aspergers/Autism Partner’s Insights
Since you aren’t autistic, it’s going to be harder to understand your child’s autistic point of view at times. Here’s where your partner can step in and help you understand where your child is coming from.
Invite Your Child/Young Person To Become More Confident
Learn from John Elder Robison’s experiences raising his son, Jack.
The Parenting Forum at Wrong Planet. Here’s a place to connect with other parents on the autism parenting journey. This forum doesn’t distinguish between autistic and non-autistic parents, so be aware of that going in.
Embrace Parenting as an Adventure of Self Discovery
These are my own two cents. How we think about parenting affects how we approach and feel about parenting. If we dread the term, we’ll dread dealing with our kids. However, if we can think about parenting as a way to become better people ourselves, and if we develop an open mind, we can learn all the skills we need to be better parents.
Over to You! Please share some of your favorite parenting advice resources with me in the comments below!
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