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When the Responsibilities of Special Needs Parenting Make You Feel Like You Can't 'Just Keep

"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming..."

Who have would have thought the Disney character I find myself relating to isn’t a princess trapped in a tower but a blue fish with a memory problem? As a mother to a child on the autism spectrum, believe me when I say we often feel like we’re swimming against the tide.

You see, support services don't always come easy for children like my son. It can be a daily struggle getting the right help. Our family life is anything but "normal," and we often deal with judgmental glares. It can all add a lot of pressure. I have to admit, sometimes it all feels like too much. I feel like I'm drowning. I wonder where I am going to find the strength to fight another battle for my children.

Ironically it ends up being the most mundane of things that make me feel like I’m going to sink — like the washing up for instance.

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What I should have done last night was said, "So what!"

It's quite freeing really, going with the flow. And when I think about it, more often than not a positive can be found in most situations. Even leaving the dishes.

So what if I go to bed with pots in the sink? In the grand scheme of things does it really matter? No is the answer to that because my hubby might give in and buy me a dishwasher I've been after for months if I let them pile up. Tactics that is!

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