How about a little ‘You Might Be An Autism Parent If…’? I haven’t done this for a little while and thought it would be a fun way to spend an Autism Sunday. For those parents that haven’t checked out the hashtag #youmightbeanautismparentif… you really should. It can share a little insight into an autism family’s life… some of them are funny, some are more serious, but I can just about guarantee, as an autism parent you will find something that you can relate to.
#YouMightBeAnAutismParentIf you have to occasionally wake up at absurd hours of the morning to play video games. (this morning- 4am)
— Lisa (@Puzzled_Purple) June 28, 2013
#Youmightbeanautismparentif you alienate yourself from so many people because they just don’t get it
— Lynda Flood (@lyndaflood) June 22, 2013
#YouMightBeAnAutismParentIf at times you feel as if you are hanging on by a thread & other times you feel invincible
— Lynda Flood (@lyndaflood) May 17, 2013
#YouMightBeAnAutismParentIf you know silence is golden and prevents meltdowns.
— Michelle Kosmicki (@mkosmicki) March 26, 2013
#YouMightBeAnAutismParentIf you are proud when your child’s room is messy. That means they played in it!!
— Lisa (@Puzzled_Purple) March 24, 2013
— ☕ Felipa ☕ (@ASDJenks) March 11, 2013
#Youmightbeanautismparentif the only way you can get your kid to sleep past 5:30 am on Sunday is Daylight Savings…
— Pete (@will2455) March 10, 2013
#Youmightbeanautismparentif after you asked for a hug and got one…ran upstairs to tell the wife, and then ran to twitter to tell EVERYONE…
— Pete (@will2455) December 30, 2012
#YouMightBeAnAutismParentIf you have to explain to the cashier that your son is whispering because the toy he’s trying to pay for is asleep.
— ☕ Felipa ☕ (@ASDJenks) December 15, 2012
#Youmightbeanautismparentif your son can actually feel one speck of glitter on the bottom of his foot.
— betsy dickerson (@ghosttoast99) December 15, 2012
#Youmightbeanautismparentif there is nothing more delightful than a little boy with autism who has the sillies.
— HFLifeMom (@HFLifeMom) December 11, 2012
#Youmightbeanautismparentif your son eats none of the Thanksgiving dinner and doesn’t even sit at the table and you don’t bat an eye.
— HFLifeMom (@HFLifeMom) November 24, 2012
#Youmightbeanautismparentif u take ur son to see the Thanksgiving parade balloons being inflated and he doesn’t care. He’d rather discuss Ninjago
— HFLifeMom (@HFLifeMom) November 22, 2012
#YouMightBeAnAutismParentIf you said Dear life, when I said Can my day get any worse?…it was a rhetorical question not a challenge
— TannersDad Tim (@TannersDad) April 29, 2012
#Youmightbeanautismparentif when you say keep your pants on you mean it literally and not figuratively.
— Jersey (@MomtoBoyWonder) March 12, 2012
#Youmightbeanautismparentif out the blue you shed a tear or two and continue on because you know its healthy and not a sign of weakness.
— Irisa (@MyAutismStar) December 21, 2011
#Youmightbeanautismparentif you defend your friend’s son w/Autism to someone that doesn’t get it. You’ve been there; done that & understand.
— OurAutismLife (@OurAutismLife) December 11, 2011
#Youmightbeanautismparentif your first feeling is compassion instead of judgement when you witness a child having difficulty in the mall etc
— Kathy Darrow (@autismRDI) December 5, 2011
#Youmightbeanautismparentif you said the phrase “Now put your shoes on, then get your back pack” 47 times this morning.
— Annie Sullivan (@AnnieSullivan_) November 28, 2011
#Youmightbeanautismparentif moving the couch so you can put up the Christmas tree causes a meltdown because it is just too much change
— Sharon- Mama’s Turn (@MamasTurnNow) November 27, 2011
#Youmightbeanautismparentif you stare at your child while he is sleeping. You smile because you are a proud parent.
— Irisa (@MyAutismStar) November 28, 2011
I had to save my favourite for last and I think it relates to ALL parents!
It’s funny how there are so many things that can be ‘similar’ in our lives (as autism parents) even though each individual with autism is unique in their own way. If I am ever feeling frustrated dealing with my son’s autism I can usually find a smile or laugh in some of these posts.
Happy Sunday everyone!