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“I had no social network and very little support at home.
Having a diagnosis or even knowing I was autistic might have saved my marriage and some of my social relationships, which would have greatly benefited my kids.” Many of the women who shared their stories for this article echoed Erika’s frustrations.
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When asked about helpful supports, Amanda says she wishes that she’d had someone to liaison with her children’s schools. raising 4 kids to 3 different dads.” Additionally, she felt that she “never fit in with the other mums . Citing her own difficulty with befriending other parents and teachers, as well the loneliness of her early years of motherhood, she adds, “It’s been hard to teach the kids things we ourselves are no good at.” Several parents said that some form of coaching, advice or instruction on social skills for the family would be beneficial, especially in the preschool and elementary school years. When our children our young, we interact with them all day, every day.
Now a grandmother of four, she recalls that “the school thought I was some sort of crazy lazy wild mum . Nearly every woman who shared her story for this article felt that she was a good parent and yet most said they experienced alienation, guilt, depression, loneliness or inadequacy when comparing themselves with ‘other moms.’ As Kmarie put it, “I have a huge support system that makes up for my deficits but I also maximize my gifts. We meet other parents at play groups, school activities and sporting events.