What Parents Want You to Know About Autism


January 9, 2008 by Marj Hatzell

Honestly, I should have written this post a long time ago, but someone beat me to it (and did it better, no doubt!).  Angela, from Memoirs of a Chaotic Mommy, says what I have been trying to say for a few years now.  Go check it out.

In a nutshell, we don’t need pity, we need prayers. We don’t need stern looks, we need smiles. We don’t need to hear, “I don’t know HOW you do that!”  because we HAVE to.  People sometimes mean well, but…well, it just comes out kinda wrong.

Maddy from Whitterer on Autism had a post on her blog the other day that made me think.  This is what prompted Angela’s post.  These are both good reads…


4 thoughts on “What Parents Want You to Know About Autism

  1. Trace says:

    I’ve gotten the whole I don’t know how you do it thing. I’m thinking, how I do it? Do I have a choice? My own brother told me he wasn’t strong enough to go through what I have. I just said that he’d be surpised how strong he’d be if he had to.

    I’ll go read your suggested links.

  2. Maddy says:

    Well hello there and thank you! The ‘other’ one that I’m trying to figure out at the moment is the comment ‘why do you let them bully you / you’re an enabler’ which stopped me dead in my tracks. Let me know if you have any suitable responses to either of those?
    Best wishes

  3. Andie says:

    Thank you! We Autism parents need to stick together! 🙂

  4. Janice says:

    As an Autism Auntie I would tell them..because they are ours, we adore them, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are blessed.

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