One of the most important gifts a parent can give a child is the gift of accepting that child’s uniqueness…Fred Rogers. In my immediate family I have two older brothers and one younger sister. I truly appreciate my parents understanding and accepting each of us being unique. Looking back, they never compared us to one another nor anyone else but rather encouraged each of us to be ourselves founded in the way of our Creator. I am working on that same parenting style with M. In my heart, I accept with or without autism M is unique. Just like no two snowflakes are exactly alike, no two human beings are exactly alike. Many parents like myself with children rocking the autism spectrum will quickly tell you ‘if you meet one autistic child/adult, you just met one’.  The wide range of autism manifest uniqueness to each individual along with each life experiences, hence shaping my fascinating unique M. Our hearts should strive to be understanding, accepting, kind and compassion towards everyone’s different uniqueness. In truth every one of us is uniquely special. I think sometimes this can give us a sense of loneliness even when surrounded by people, doubting if we can be truly ourselves imperfect yet a beautiful human being. The ability to love our own uniqueness and encouraging others to embrace theirs is an awesome ability. Today on our way home an impatient person driving their car nearly ran our car off the road. M responded “patience….patience!” I responded “Yes M, we need to be patience!” He repeated “PATIENCE!” In his own way M was expressing his concern for our safety. My heart was touched.  M is teaching me to remember it’s OK to be unique…his uniqueness is beautiful…M contribute to our family awesomeness…M brings joy to those who take time to get to know him!

Simply an autism mom learning


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