Michael’s life and ours has gotten a lot easier since a combination of medication and behavioral strategies has helped Michael learn better coping mechanisms at home and elsewhere. Other than extreme drowsiness which is messing up going to sleep on time when he has a catnap earlier in the evening, our family is in the process of balancing out what works and what doesn’t for us in our day to day lives as an exceptional family. It is great to see Michael so receptive to new ideas, and even when he does not like something, he is calm about it most of the time.
Watching him in day to day life, I am moved and so proud of his courage and strength. He is trying new things everyday, even things that scare him. He is learning how to share his frustrations better with us, and he is maturing before our very eyes with the way he is improving in his cooking and baking, and in how he is handling his diabetes management. He is almost at the point of learning how to do the insulin injection, pretty much doing the entire needle set up. He is very knowledgeable on the carbs in most of the foods he is eating, and when uncertain, he is label reading with Dad or I in the stores and at home. His anxiety is still up there about certain activities and life, but he is making progress at learning how to handle it. Most importantly, Dad and I are learning how to pace ourselves better as parents, especially by not always taking the negative comments made in annoyance too seriously. We are learning to choose our battles as parents, and have written up family rules so that we all know what is acceptable and unacceptable for everyone.
In the end, what matters is what makes our family life run more smoothly, and we tweak the rest. This is how all exceptional families can do things. Remember there is no one right way to raise your special child. They are all unique, and as such have unique parents.
Exceptional Parents, what is the best life balance that you have found for your Exceptional Child? There is no wrong answer here. Whatever you do and try for your child, remember watch them and see if they seem happier, calmer, clearer. If so, you are on the right track and they are making progress. If not, it’s back to the drawing board which is ok too. Your child and you will find the right balance together because you are starting from the right beginning, with love for one another. Until next time.
I am a writer, speaker and parent coach. I blog about how my exceptional son with autism and type 1 diabetes is raising me to a better human being and exceptional mom. My mission is to empower other exceptional parents to trust in their parenting instinct while letting their exceptional child open their eyes to all that is possible! For more information on my coaching services and to download a copy of my FREE EBOOK “5 WAYS TO HANDLE EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY ANXIETY” see my website, http://www.creatingexceptionalparenting.com.