Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Not for sissies

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Parenting a teen with autism.

Just parenting a teen is hard enough. Throw autism into the mix and it becomes a decathlon.
Kid is up and down, wired then mopey, on the honor roll and unable to get out of bed.
Now I understand why so many kids are sent away to school.
Mom, of course, does nothing right. In theory, I am resigned to being stupid and embarrassing for the next 5 years. But since I am parenting solo, I sometimes get worn down and weepy from the constant criticism.
I have toughened up a tad bit, as they say in Minnesota. I told Elmer he is welcome to exchange me for another parent. To walk if he doesn't like my driving. To learn some recipes if he doesn't like mine.
Touche', as he says.

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  1. I am going to have to borrow some of those! All but maybe the cooking one...that would scare me too much to let him cook!

  2. They are not going easy on us now, are they?! I keep hoping that someday they'll appreciate us.

  3. To be fair-Here is a note from Elmer's teacher:

    I think it’s more... Kids typically don’t need as much...coercion...It’s not unusual to see these types responses to the stressors of junior high, but the intensity of his reactions is greater and the difficulty Elmer has with self-regulation is significant... But, I have to remember, he’s only been in this environment for 6 months. I have two other young men who has similar patterns (seventh and ninth graders). They are working through their issues slowly, but surely...

  4. Oh, what I have to look forward to!