Hindsight is 20/20 or so the saying goes. There are so many theories on what causes autism that it boggles my mind. Instead of dwelling on the past and on things I cannot change, I would like to offer my two cents of what I wish I had known and now hold closely to my heart.
PARENTAL INTUITION — it is a gift that comes with having a child. It doesnt matter how many books you read, times you have babysat or people you have talked to. Nothing is like having a child that is yours.
I remember leaving the hospital with my first baby thinking “why isn’t the nurse coming with us, they check his and my vitals often, how will we survive”, but like all those before us we figure out how to care of a new little person.
Those first few weeks, months and years are full of learning, questioning and triumphing. Much of it has to do with intuition, especially in the challenging moments. If I were to go back in time, I would ask more questions about everything concerning my child and if unsatisfied with the answers I would have done my own research on the topic, not just taken someone else’s opinions. Many times I felt that tug of intuition, but shoved it aside to follow the status quo.
Now, if something triggers that intuition I take it upon myself to research a variety of opinions on a subject and see what resonates for me. I feel this is my responsibility as a parent and one of the many ways I show love to my little ones.
How do you feel about parental intuition? Has it steered you in the right direction?