Amidst a huge volume of information and advice about how we can support our children to thrive, people forget to tell parents to explore our own neurodivergence. It’s a simple thing that can create so much change for our families. It has for mine.
Parents of neurodivergent children (autistic, dyslexic, active-brained, bipolar, anxious etc), take some moments along the journey to explore the unique ways that you move, think, and communicate.
If it is safe to think about your childhood, remember what brought you joy, and what was hard. See that incredible child of yours and appreciate what brings them joy and what they are finding hard. Wonder, ‘Where do our experiences intersect and where do they diverge?’
‘How are our journeys similar?’
I have found that a great shift happens when we are open to exploring our own sensory, emotional, cognitive and communication needs. It helps us appreciate how our children engage with the world. Finding points of connection improves relationships. Struggles can be approached with more kindness and creative solutions.
If you are wondering if you are neurodivergent, know that there are many parents like yourself who have also wondered and found answers.
Know that there is a community of people, including neurodivergent parents with neurodivergent kids who will help you find your way. Read, listen to and connect with us. Ask questions. All of the Respectfully Connected authors are neurodivergent parents. You are welcome here <3 Briannon