30 Reasons To Smile While Raising a Child With Autism

Today my son woke up before 5 a.m. and I’m a bit sleep-deprived. Raising a child with autism can come with a lot of challenges, including stubbornness, meltdowns, and skills deficits. For that reason, as parents, it’s especially important that we take the time to stop and smell the roses. What can we appreciate about life, parenting, and raising a child with autism? This list includes a little of everything, because raising a child with autism means that we get to appreciate a little extra something that other people don’t. 

30 Reasons to Smile While Raising a Child With Autism

  1. Our kids appreciate the little things we give them more. 
  2. Warm cookies 
  3. The sun coming up
  4. Hugs from our kids
  5. That perfect picture you took of him/her smiling (a rare treat)
  6. The sound of  a child’s laughter
  7. Every day we see improvement
  8. Flowers blooming
  9. Playfulness
  10. Those smile moments of silence
  11. Good meals
  12. When the right song comes on the radio
  13. Hot showers
  14. Ice cold drinks
  15. Coffee made just right
  16. People that understand 
  17. Good teachers
  18. Watching the kids play nicely
  19. Their firsts
  20. Eating bad food that tastes good
  21. Compliments
  22. Hanging out with other autism moms
  23. Pay day
  24. Finally meeting the deductible
  25. Good assistive technology 
  26. Being done with homework
  27. Dancing with the kids
  28. Birthdays
  29. Snuggles
  30. Knowing you’re loved by the best kids on earth

 30 Reasons to Smile While Raising a Child with Autism

 

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  1. So great to open our Linky today and see you joined us! Thank you for adding this wonderful post to Friday Reflections. You are always such an inspiration. I have met a new mum at our school who has a son with Autism and have been sharing your posts with her, she is such a strong woman like you. I know you say it’s because you have no choice and you are being a mum who loves her kids, but when I am struggling with my 3 I think of you and realise how amazing you truly are. So yes you are a mum doing her best, but you are so much to all of us mums too.
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  2. Hi Teresa!
    I was so glad to read this through the link up on Janine’s blog. As the aunt of a young man with cerebral palsy/autism, I found myself thinking of my sister and her strength as I read this, and I was smiling and nodding the whole time. I can well relate. The one about “people that understand” especially resonated with me as I remembered the many times Chris has had a meltdown in a public place because of too much stimulation and noise, and the looks we would get. To see someone smile in understanding also warms my heart. (I work in mental health nursing and especially understand the stigma that can be attached to a diagnosis, when all people need to do is understand we are all human.)

    Thanks so much for sharing this, and making me smile this morning. 🙂
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