Friday, January 7, 2011
Wow! Yesterday an entry from my blog My Prayer was published on the Autism Speaks In Their Own Words official blog! I was so excited and thrilled by this honor. This meant that thousands of people would read words that I had written. Not only were they my words -but they were important words of prayer for my children.
These people who would read would have all felt the same frustrations, feelings and have the same hopes and dreams for their children who are on the autism spectrum. Many of those people are joining me in prayer. That means all of that positive energy is being focused on my boys. What a blessing. I thank each and every one of you for reading, praying, meditating and sending positive thoughts our way!
The wonderful world of blogging in the autism community has helped me immensely. We all have those "woe is me" pity party days. Then we read about something positive that someone has experienced with their child and it gives us hope. Or we read about a new idea parenting idea that someone is using and we ad it to our arsenal. We can find out about treatments and therapies that others have tried. The resources are endless.
Just this morning I got advice from Tanya@TeenAutism (who btw I am beginning to idolize) regarding privileges and consequences. She referred me to pixiemama who had just written a post about the very same subject, wherein she asked for advice from other bloggers and they all gave their two cents. Then I picked up at least one of those cents to figure out my own "currency of privileges" to implement in this house. Pretty awesome huh?
There are days when I read about a single mom who is parenting a special needs kid or two on her own. Then I think -what the heck am I complaining about? This is hard -but there are those who have a much more challenging road than I do, and they are making it. It gives me the strength and courage to keep going.
When I read about someone who is just as frustrated as I am -I feel less alone and less guilty! I know for sure that we all have those days where we feel that somehow "this is all my fault" or "what am I doing wrong?" Well -it's not any one's fault. We are all doing the very best we can on any given day with the circumstances we have to work with on that day. When we know better -we do better. When we don't know better...we have a glass of wine and call it a day!
We will all get there together! Thank you all so much for reading and sharing.