Having a teenager is a little bit like walking a tightrope.
You tiptoe along, hope you are maintaining a balance between offering love and support, and encouraging independence and confindence.
Having a teenager with autism is like walking a tightrope with no net.
To be the parent my daughter needs me to be I have to send her off into the world each day.
I have to hope that people are kind, accepting and forgiving.
I have to cross my fingers and toes that her path crosses people who are understanding and supportive.
Thank goodness for my daughter, my sanity and her high school career, she has found friendship.
My sweet girl has found someone who sees past her autism, who makes sure she is included and speaks up when she is not.
She has found someone who likes her for the amazing person I see each and everyday, who offers her patience and understanding and a smile, no matter what.
I don’t think her friend will ever truly realize the gift she has given to all of us.
The “net” she has provided, not only to my daughter, but to me as well.
The tightrope walk of raising a teenager with autism is just a little bit easier knowing she has a true friend keeping her balanced each day.
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