Being an autistic parent is tough. Just like being any kind of parent. But it’s also the best thing in the world - as any parent, not just autistic ones, will tell you. Source: Unsplash/吴 迪 @brawny One of the things I find hardest about parenting with autism is the discrepancy in the way that I “play” versus the way my children play. Especially as they get older and their imaginations get wilder, I am constantly finding myself lost and tired and overwhelmed after only 5 or 10 minutes of dedicated play time. Throw in the fact that the kids are with us nearly 24/7 now due to the ongoing pandemic, and you have a recipe for epic burnout ! I have often thought to myself, what’s wrong with me? Play time is supposed to be fun, right? Why do I find it so draining? Well there’s nothing wrong with me. I am autistic, so I “play” differently, and that’s okay. Now, my son is also autistic, but as any autie will tell you, “if you have met one autistic person, you … [Read more...] about Autistic Parents: Is Playtime with the Kids Wearing You Out?
I had barely begun my annual read of the Harry Potter series when I was struck down by the flu in late January. I had a cough, minor temperature swings, dream sweats, and I was couldn’t leave my bed for anything but the toilet or the easiest meals. Gumbo soup, pre-cooked chicken in bottled vindaloo sauce, hot and sour soup; the nursing skills of my usually destructive dog; Harry Potter and watching ballet documentaries on my phone entertained me between long naps. I got tested earlier this week. I didn’t have COVID-19 , even though I was pretty sure I didn’t. Only the cough and sweats fit. I could taste that spicy food (it helped me cough), I could smell myself getting riper with no energy to stand up in the shower for 15 minutes. It was a run-of-the-mill flu but oh, my, I was bored in that gray space of 2 ½ weeks. The impeachment trial of Donald Trump made me human. I watched it on my phone in real time, read everything I could Google, watched documentaries about Q, … [Read more...] about Donald Trump and the Deathly Hallows