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Applying lessons learned from parenting a child with autism

Friday, October 26, 2012

Parenting a disabled child taught me that all milestones deserve celebration, no matter how small they are or how late in coming. I did not realize how well I had learned that lesson until I caught myself cheering myself on for the smallest things.

The jeans I wore today were size 16S and I was comfortable all day!

I've lost a legitimate pound already since Sunday! Today and yesterday both the scale was 1lb less than my last recorded weigh-in so I'm sure it's not just fluctuation but a real pound gone!

This evening on reviewing my food log, I was within my range for calories, fat, and protein but under on carbs! I've NEVER gone under on carbs before! I just had a 100 calorie bag of popcorn to bump up my carb number. It was tasty emoticon

Yesterday my neighbor was unable to walk a mile with me so I did it with my mp3 player for company. And did it 4 minutes faster than we usually do together!

Last night I was in bed by 1030 and I didn't oversleep today!

I sent a very long note to my daughter's teachers this morning and actually received a decent reply today! I've been asking the same things for weeks now and getting no response so I finally wrote it as though I wanted my girl to be able to answer it. Sadly, it seems as though parenting a disabled child has helped me develop the skills necessary to communicate with public school teachers emoticon, although she did not address the part where I asked for a conference. Well, report cards are out soon and those always have a conference request form attached.

My special needs girl has also taught me what it means to be supportive and loving and encouraging. Now I find that I've learned these skills so well that I can not only apply them to her and my son but also to other people and myself. How lucky am I to have had her come along to teach me! emoticon
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  • GAYLE-G-63
    What a wonderful blog!

    My best friend has a son with autism. And although I can't understand completely, I do empathize with your struggles.

    Hang in there!

    1914 days ago
    Every small victory deserves a pat on the back and sometimes a small (non-food) reward. Just as when you encourage your daughter for little things she does you should also encourage yourself.

    I hope you get things figured out with her teacher(s) soon. Keep asking and making a point about how much it's needed.
    1915 days ago
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