Skills we've developed as parents
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|Thu, 09-23-2010 - 6:37pm|
Today after school, a lady fell in the road in front of our house. It appeared that she'd been beaten and was drunk. She wasn't very coherent or cooperative in moving out of the road, and cars were trying to get past.
A couple of people stopped to try to help, incl an off-duty police officer, but the lady wouldn't move, and she kept telling everyone to get off her.
I was able to partially coax and partially physically move her out of the road without getting her agitated or upset. Everyone seemed to think I'd performed quite a feat. My first thought was that this isn't anything unusual -- I do stuff like this all the time with my AS kids!
As I thought about it, I realized there are probably a lot of skills we develop as parents of PDD/AS kids. What are some hidden talents or skills you think you've developed by parenting your PDD/AS kids?
For sure, one of my developing talents is patience. My patience still gets tested daily, but I am sooooooo much more patient than I used to be, both with my own kids and with other kids. The kids don't get away with misbehavior, but I am able to stay calmer while dealing with them. I'm also able to help them stay calm and find solutions to their upsets. I'm not perfect at it, but I'm so much better than I used to be that I'm really proud of this one.