You're welcome to scan below and read the transcript of the conversation a few parents had last night here on The Dads Center about our own Asperger children. The more I'm on Twitter and asking about it, the more people I'm finding who have one of these blessed children in their homes. Asperger's is a form of high-functioning Autism. We don't know what caused it. And in many cases, as parents, we're all struggling with how to treat it.
I've admitted time and again that my patience for our son's behavior wanes quicker and quicker the older he gets. My problem is that I'm expecting to see some improvements coming with age and while there are improvements, they're not coming at the rate I expected. And the way I was raised, we didn't get much allowance for excuses. I'm the same way. And in some ways I think my son does hide behind the excuse that he has this situation in his life, and there in lies the problem; finding the balance between what he is actually capable of handling, and what, because of his situation, he simply is not, and therefore, my lessening/lowering my expectations to where there can be greater harmony.
And that, my friends, is a hard thing to find.
I think what was best for me last night was to hear from other parents who also have Asperger children that their kids is literally just like ours. They struggle with the same issues as we do. Just with a few chatters in the group last night, that was immediately apparent to me.
We're going to keep doing the chat groups. And if you have a child who is an "Aspie," I want to encourage and emphasize to you the importance of joining a group such as ours. For me, as a parent, it was good to hear the premise, though it wasn't spoken, that as parents, me and Kari are not alone. And from sharing of more situations and ideas in the future, hopefully we can become better parents to our one special needs child, and find a way to help his six brothers and sisters become better siblings.
And by such, The Dads Center, which I began years ago, begins to find new value and meaning. Hey moms, this stuff is not just for dads. We're all in this parenting gig together. We invite you to join us. Last night was greatly beneficial. See you next Thursday p.m. at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT.