What do you do to relax? I love to read. I will get so lost in a book that I will not hear my kids, my husband or the dog. It is a complete escape.
My greatest lesson learned... That I can't "fix" my kids. No matter how many books I read, lectures I attend, or therapies I register them for, their ability to learn a new skill is really out of my control. It is THEIR journey to learn self-control, manage their emotions and make friends. I can surround them with every resource this planet has to offer, but in the end all I really can do is to watch them walk their own path...at their own pace. Accepting my own lack of power to control the outcome was the hardest and the best lesson I have ever learned.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself the day we got the diagnosis I would say... Stop worrying about the future so much and live in today. Fr. Don at St Lads church will tell you, "there is no joy in the future...joy is only in today." All of the things you feared and worried about would be your kids' future didn't come true....but a whole new set of worries and concerns are here. So just focus on today and let the future take care of itself.
Sarah is the parent of two children.
E-newsletter: Friendship Circle of Michigan. They offer great articles and blogs.
Website: Lives in the Balance by Dr. Greene.
Book: Cowboy and Wills by Monica Holloway... a story of a dog and a boy with an autism spectrum disorder. It convinced me to get a therapy dog for my boys and our dog has made our lives so much better.
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