Raising ANY kid poses its own challenges.. but raising a child with Autism (and a side of mood disorder)?
Yeah… we’ve had some rough days ..
…ok.. a lot of rough days … Days that I never want to go back to. New meds, withdrawling from meds, NO meds, no sleep…
… I could go on and on…
It was never hard for me to forgive my son for his bad days.. but it was hard for HIM to forgive HIMSELF..
So early on? We started telling him, “That was yesterday buddy.. TODAY is a new day.. today is going to be a good day!”
If he had a bad day and we had to take away his TV or his computer privileges? It ended when he went to sleep…
Everything reset with the morning ..
Luckily for us? We have had amazing support at the schools we have attended. They have maintained this “new day” policy with him through out his school career. Always forgiving him for bad days and moving forward. Sometimes easier than I could have…
Today as I watched him walk confidently into the school..? I think about how he is counting down the days until he will be a senior. And I think back to when he could barely get through a school day..
…there were days I thought we would never get to this level of independence.. this level of confidence..
..but in the morning when the sun would rise.. so would my faith that good things were going to happen..
When the sun rose this morning, it was such a sight. And I am filled with the promise that Today IS a good day..
I hope you all rejoice and are happy in it..