Tuesday, October 6, 2009

why parents get terrible sleep

I thought this was an interesting article. We used to live by a family who had an autistic daughter. Her case was mild, from what I remember, because she didn't seem to have any of the severe behavioral problems this author mentions with her son. It's such a heartbreaking and confusing condition, perhaps not least so because reliable information is so hard to come by. And it seems that no one treatment works for everyone.

It reminds me of how I felt like I was playing Russian roulette every time I got pregnant, that each time I would think, "This is it. This is the time my luck runs out." You know, that I would miscarry, or that my baby would be just a ball of hair and teeth, or have severe mental or physical disabilities. Being a parent is scary. Even without disabilities to worry about, there are still kidnappers and perverts and drunk drivers and drugs and sex to keep you up at night wondering how you could go about moving to the hinterlands to raise your family.

I'm so unqualified for this job.


All8 said...

Ambrose and I discuss this off and on, you know, the TEST, before the education. Yeah it bites sometimes trying to learn AND be the parent at the same time.