Norrin was diagnosed with autism eight years ago. Now I’m nowhere near being an autism expert, but after eight years – I felt like I had this autism thing all figured out.
Then Norrin turned 10-years-old and it’s like I’m a newbie all over again.
It’s hard to think of Norrin as a “tween” but he is. I already see peach fuzz sprouting on his upper lip, his voice is getting a little be deeper. We wear the same shoe size. We almost see eye-to-eye. But Norrin’s still a kid who likes Sesame Street and Dr. Seuss.
Norrin is getting older and as much as I’d like to, I can’t press pause. The years will go by whether I want them to or not. And the older Norrin gets, there will always be some challenges to work through.
As much as I want to celebrate the milestones, some days it’s hard.
This year has been tough.
And I rely on words of encouragement to get me through the tough moments. When things get overwhelming, I take a few minutes, close my eyes, catch my breath and repeat one or more of these affirmations to myself.
Affirmations All Autism Moms Need to Hear
I am the mother my child needs.
I am doing the very best that I can.
I am not perfect and that’s OK.
I am allowed to cry and be sad but I will not let the sadness consume me.
I am loved.
I can’t worry about what other mothers are doing, I can only focus on what I’m doing.
I will focus on all the things my child can do.
It is okay to ask for help when I need it.
It is okay to accept help when offered.
I am strong enough.
I am not alone.
I will get through this.
Everything I do makes a difference for my child.
It is not selfish to take time for myself. My self-care is necessary.
This moment will not last forever.
What affirmations do you tell yourself on the tough days of special needs parenting?