Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Yesterday was one of the most stressful days that I have had as a parent. My 18 year old son is a senior in high school and has Asperger's Syndrome. He is very bright AND very immature. Yesterday was decision day for us for college and it was (and is) very difficult for me to admit that he is not ready for college. I believe that he will be some day but for right now he is not. Most Asperger's kids function at about 2/3 of their actual age and that is about right--my son's social development puts him at about age 12 instead of his actual 18. We're looking at some alternatives like part time community college or tech school for a year or two while he grows up a bit. This is very stressful! Both my husband and I have graduate degrees and education is very important to us.
So far I am handling the situation okay on the diet front. I did not have the energy to work out last night but hope to do so this evening. Unfortunately my husband is out of town this week so I'm working through this with my son on my own. I think both my son and I are experiencing some grief as a result of putting aside the college plans. I am really working hard to help us remember that this is only temporary.
Okay--so recording my thoughts and acknowledging my grief seems to help. I'm feeling a bit better right now. Onward!