Learning to Give… | Shine a Light on Autism ~ Entry #7

This mother’s appreciation for ‘giving’ is not only evident in what she is teaching her son, but it’s also reflected in what she has taught her daughter.

Thanks for sharing your two beautiful gifts with us.

family photo of mother, daughter, and son with autismHi, I am the lucky mother, of 2 beautiful kids. My daughter is 8 years old and my son is 5 years old. I am a stay at home mom with many titles. I’m very knowledgible about speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hippo therapy, and biomedical treatments. Oh did I mention my son has autism. Years ago I woud have started off this story with the statement, “My son has autism” but in reality autism shouldn’t define my son or my family. My son is a gift that I’m working very hard to share with the rest of the world. I use the word gift because children with autism tend to be more comfortable in their own little world, and I am desperately trying to teach my son to give more of himself to others.

This is not always an easy task. For instance, I can’t always go to certain places with my son, or for that matter stay in certain places with my son. As an adult I’m not affected by it, but it is very hard to explain to my daughter that we can’t go somewhere, or we have to leave now because your brother is uncomfortable. Siblings sometimes take a back seat when it comes to autism. I know my daughter definately does. My husband and I try our best to make sure each child gets to do what they want to do, but many times that also means splitting up the family. I am very proud of my daughter and the fact that she understands her brother is different, but she is also a kid herself and I feel sometimes she has to deal with more than she should.

I’m going to end my story again with I’m the lucky mother of 2 beautiful kids. I hope you think so too!!!

~story & photo submitted by the children’s mother

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  • Jennifer - Beautiful picture, beautiful story…I am proud to call you my friend. Keep smiling – as you always do :) xoxo04/29/2010 – 3:32 pm

  • Tammy - Of course, I think you should definitely win! Love you!04/29/2010 – 4:03 pm

  • MaryAnn - You are truly an amazing mom…Always putting your children first, always giving of yourself. Yes, we are blessed with two beautiful grandchildren and a beautiful daughter-in-law. God Bless your beautiful family..04/29/2010 – 7:02 pm

  • Bea - Thank you for the insight into what it is like for a sibling. The focus on giving and fairness is something we all can aspire to.04/29/2010 – 7:05 pm

  • Gina Costa - What a beautiful story and what a beautiful mom you are!! Your children are so very lucky to have you and I am so lucky to call you a friend!! xoxo.04/29/2010 – 7:42 pm

  • Paulette - Kimmy, your heartfelt words were so touching. Your optimism is strength and inspiration for others-keep it up. Wish you all the best! XOXO Paulette04/29/2010 – 8:03 pm

  • Donna - Your story really touched my heart! You are blessed with two beautiful kids and I often think to myself, it has to be tough at times for Lexie. I’m sure God has a great plan for both your kids and Lexie will learn compassion and empathy in her experience of being a sister of such a special boy. Everything is in divine order Kimmy! You and Anthony are great parents, just the right fit for little Anthony! I think you are all lucky!04/29/2010 – 8:20 pm

  • Trish - What an amazing story and an amazing person you are, Kimmy! The kids are so lucky to have you for their mother.04/30/2010 – 8:06 am

  • Helen Morey Gallo - You are a GREAT mom with GREAT kids/family! xoxo.04/30/2010 – 12:27 pm

  • ToniAnn - You’re a great mom and one of the nicest people I know!05/03/2010 – 10:10 pm

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