When my son was diagnosed with autism nine years ago, I determined to do everything in my power to fight it. I wanted knowledge, information, and insight so I could help him succeed, no matter the cost.
The school district put me in touch with a local advocate, a woman who also had an autistic son.
I called her one night, hopes set high.
An hour later I was on the verge of a panic attack.
There was simply too much information. She gave me opinions and ideas, multiple anecdotes of what had and hadn’t worked for her son. She rattled on about diet and supplements, chelation and heavy metals, vaccines and conspiracy theories.
When she started in on the dangers of plastic, I almost stopped breathing.
“Clearly I’m was doing everything wrong,” I thought – from feeding my child red food coloring, to allowing him to eat bread, to serving it up on a plastic plate.
The woman was well meaning. I have no doubt she intended to help.
But her words frightened and paralyzed me.
Eventually, I had to learn how to say no. I simply couldn’t say yes to everything.
And that’s why I’m writing today — for you. Are you the parent who is trying to do it all, and do it all well? I’m here to tell you why that simply won’t work. . . and to give you permission to say no. I’m over at Different Dream Parenting today. Click here to read the rest of the post. . .