Now I know that every child on the spectrum is different and no two children are the same! But I’m guessing there are a good few parents/carers that can relate to one or two of these….
… You know you’re a parent to a child with Aspergers when…
….You’ve watched Thomas the tank engine more times then you’ve watched Eastenders (You love Eastenders!)
You spend more time at your child’s school, then what you ever did your own school!
You know your child’s entire school teaching team on a first name basis and see them more then your own personal friends!
You begin to organise your own day, with the help of visual aids.
You laugh so hard your sides hurt & your eyes water.
Educational Jargon is no longer Jargon, but a second language!!!
You are taken for the ride of your life… A long the 450 bus route!
Who needs a husband, You’ve already got one!
Your idea of an early night is 3am.
The shop assistant thinks you’re the local crazy woman, who strokes and feels up all the clothing in the children’s department.
You can ask your child for their honest opinion… “Does mummy look fat in this dress?” And be given an honest answer! 😦
You find that slowly over time your ten-year old has converted you into an all time classic ‘bus spotter’ I’m stood like a tourist in the coldest of weather trying to gain the prefect shoot of a 194 bus. Just to keep your little man happy!)
Your child beats you hands down on a maths quiz…. Every single time!!!!
Yes, you find it’s them helping you with their homework!
Your addicted to over the counter painkillers, and yet for some reason you still have a headache!
The morning cup of tea is replaced with three shots of espresso, followed by a couple of Redbulls (I’m yet to grow them wings it’s talking about)
Coffee no longer=social chit-chat, but gives you the super mummy powers needed to to go on!
Your smart, but…Your child’s just that little bit smarter!
Your verbally bashed on a daily basis, yet you don’t love them any less.
“Mum’s got eyes in the back of her head” is a metaphor your never, ever going to use again….. Ever!
You find that over time you’ve become a natural at not giving a S**t what people think.
Fighting is no longer something you associate with boxing!
You wish for the ground to swallow you whole, when your child states the health benefits of losing weight to the slightly chubby checkout girl in Tesco.
Your face glows red when a passer-by slips and falls on the snow, and your child stands pointing, laughing and shouting, “Look they fell over… that is so funny mum” (They clearly don’t think so)
Your woken at 3 am because your ten-year old is feeling peckish… Yer right!
Tantrums are a little different from those you read about in the parenting books
Claire’s room station … Is in-fact Claire’s bloody bedroom… Beep- Beep- Beep… OUT!!!!
….. You live and breath your child’s condition, longing for them to be understood,accepted and appreciated for the truly wonderful child that they are….
…. The child you love just the way they are!!