Something that I hadn’t really considered until just recently was what gentle parenting has given to me. Especially the gentle parenting of my autistic daughter. I’ve spent much of my life feeling broken and awkward. Like I don’t fit, or I fit wrong. Like I’m missing one or more essential bits of information that would just make everything clearer to me. I’ve repressed feelings, complied, tried to change, experienced severe depression several times, severe post natal depression several times, self harmed a lot and been suicidal. I’ve felt cracked and fragile, like I was compromising the well-being of my children simply by existing. Through most of that I’ve also parented.
It’s been nearly 4 years since NinjaGirl was diagnosed as autistic. I can’t really describe what it was like back then, because it felt like there was so much happening at the time _ we were very busy with small children, I was still dealing with severe PND, we were massively sleep deprived and trying […]
It’s noon and my daughter is dressed in mis-matched pyjama top and bottoms, with unbrushed (never brushed) hair hanging over her eyes. She’s been awake for half an hour. Her bed-time and waking time are very different from most kids her age. It’s okay. My daughter has a very specific list of things she absolutely […]
We all have many aspects to our character that make up part of our identity. We have identity defining characteristics associated with gender and gender roles, our interests, employment, family situations, the culture we grew up in, our financial status, and our perceived value in society. Most of these characteristics are assigned a value of […]
I’ve read a lot of things lately that proclaimed to be “an honest look at our life with autism” or simply “our reality”. These posts often defend the publishing of compromising or hurtful details about autistic children because of the purported importance of sharing this reality. I want to deconstruct this idea of reality a […]
A basic Google search on “autism sleep” quickly returns over twenty eight million results. I daresay there aren’t many places that autism is discussed without sleep being a part of those discussions. I will confess that I live in a very well insulated bubble and am a bit flabbergasted when I step out of my […]