Okay, there were more than twelve.
But of the many lessons that I’ve learned from raising a child with autism from babyhood to adulthood, the following twelve were the hardest earned, and the most valuable, at least for now:
12 life lessons that I’ve learned from raising a child with autism
- There is no such thing as a “weirdo”. People that seem weird have challenges that are hard to understand.
- People who seem different are probably very lonely.
- There is nothing more valuable in this world than a well trained and compassionate teacher…
- …but loyal friends and a great therapist are close behind.
- There are many more nice people in the world than there are not so nice people.
- It’s important to be flexible.
- There is a fine line between patience and anger.
- The house doesn’t always have to be clean. And neat.
- Yelling is bad. It always makes things worse.
- Humor helps. A lot.
- Kindness and praise can defuse a difficult situation magically.
- Think people are judging you? Think again.
Laura Shumaker is a content strategist, a writer (I mean a content provider),a blogger, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a dog lover, an autism expert, a disability expert and an expert expert, and she wears a Fitbit. Her book A REGULAR GUY: GROWING UP WITH AUTISM recently sold out in paper, and she is OK with that. It’s still available on Kindle.
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