Family

'No one knows what goes on behind closed doors'. The saying often has negative connotations but in many ways it is relevant to most of our lives. The home is a place where people can be themselves, where masks are dropped and family members can feel secure in the knowledge that they are accepted for who they are and what they are. Obviously there are exceptions to such households and there are many children who have grown up with less than positive input from their parents and family members. However, the majority of parents (certainly those reading this book or they wouldn't be bothering) love their children dearly, strive to be better parents and to do their utmost to understand and accept their children whilst aiming to help them maximize their full potential.

People often look aghast as they see me race around after Joe and clean up after Ben. As Ben bunny hops around the house and smears poo around, I am often on the receiving end of sympathetic looks as I get asked how I cope with them. Whilst the two younger boys are physically exhausting, barely sleep for three hours between them and race through the house in a whirlwind of destruction, on the whole, I take things in 'bite-sized chunks' (thanks Jude!) and work hard with them in order for them to grow up to be happy and fulfilled. En masse however, a family of mixed sexes, personalities, ages and abilities makes for an explosive (on good days I prefer to say dynamic) combination that is emotionally exhausting. Dealing with the various stages ofadolescence and all its turbulence, explaining the sometimes bizarre behaviour ofthe boys to the girls and trying to protect the teenagers from the destruction ofthe little ones, is a job that would wear down even the most accomplished of jugglers. Sometimes with so many balls up in the air, one ofthem is bound to drop! As the sole parent and carer of such a kaleidoscope of different ages and abilities, I do admit to being weary and despondent sometimes. Some days I watch other women with their loving husbands and their 'normal' children walking by their side and feel a pang of envy. I then look around and watch fondly as Luke sits at the computer smiling to himself as he learns a new piece of coding. I smile as I watch Sarah and Anna giggling and dancing together on the dance mat whilst Rachel sprawls across the couch chuckling as she chats to her friends on the phone. I glow with pride as Matthew drives off in his uniform, prepared to teach young Marine Cadets survival techniques, and I laugh quietly to myself as I watch the crazy antics of Joe and Ben as they roll around the floor.. .who could wish for anything more?

Funny Wiring Autism

Funny Wiring Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder that manifests itself in early childhood and affects the functioning of the brain, primarily in the areas of social interaction and communication. Children with autism look like other children but do not play or behave like other children. They must struggle daily to cope and connect with the world around them.

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