Welcome to my blog about life as the self-diagnosed/autistic-identifying parent of a clinically diagnosed autistic child. There will be humour, exasperation, confessions, links to information from relevant organisations and some personal development elements. This can be our place to relax, get some inspiration, share some tips and have some fun, and perhaps we’ll make some friends along the way. Hopefully you will enjoy what you see. Thank you for visiting, come back soon!
You can find my first brief blog from 2013 as MumofaSon here: Dancing, Laughing and Wearing Hats.
This blog is primarily aimed at allistic (non-autistic) parents of autistic children who will most likely have little to no prior experience of autism and who are looking for encouragement, information and support through shared parenting experiences. I am delighted that #actuallyautistic people have found some of my posts relevant and worthy of sharing and I enthusiastically welcome everyone to this blog, autistic and allistic alike.
I love my son, I am raising him to be open and unashamed about his autism, to believe in his right to an equal place in society and to believe he can do anything he sets his mind to. However to give a true, full picture of life with autism, I will occasionally write about the harder, less joyful aspects of being his mother and my feelings about them. It would do both allistic parents and autistic children a disservice to pretend that at times life is not hard and that relationships are not strained. This is not a slight on autism, autistic people or my son. It is life, in all its raw complexity and truth. This blog is not designed to be inspiration porn or solely a piece of fluffy, humorous entertainment but a real and practical resource and I will be increasing the “resource” aspect as time goes on.
If any #actuallyautistic reader would like to contribute with views or information on anything I post about, please feel free to post in the comments or to message me privately on my Facebook page. I am still learning and would welcome your comments. Thank you for joining me here and I hope together we can make the world a little kinder and a little wiser.