I think the toughest part about parenting is there never a point when you are done. When I worked outside the home there was a defined "punching out" time. Hell, you can't even bank on this kid sleeping. It's pretty much a life of being permanently "on call". I could be waking up at the butt crack of dawn to make him breakfast or finding out that he was sick during the night and his bedroom looked like he recreated Exorcist movie in his room and then went back to sleep. (Which he's done. Twice.)
Life decided to throw me a curve ball or in autism's case, a series of neatly lined up ones. Autism cranked up our lives to "11". Congrats Mama Fry! You just got through twenty months of sleep deprivation, spit up, diapers and hormonal mood swings. You just LEVELED UP!
I can't say I'm good at this but I don't think I suck at it either. Some of you seem to be under the impression that bloggers have their sh*t together, especially the autism ones. That could not be farther from the truth. Have you met some of us? We're like five gallons of crazy in a two gallon bucket. I mean I'm sharing my dirty details here. Clearly something is a tad off with me. ;-) However, since I have a little autism tenure and you seem to not question my autism street cred, here's my list of ways to keep from loosing your sh*t.
1) Accept you have already lost your sh*t.
It's already gone. You are no longer balancing it, afraid you might drop all your balls. Unless you are a professional juggler, then maybe you can keep them up there a little while longer but even they get tired and stop. At the point you are at right now reading this you have already cried your eyes out, screamed, raged at the deity of your choice, prayed to them, bargain for anything to just make life "normal" again, ate your feelings, drank them too etc... You see where I'm going with this. So the hang up of not loosing it, channel your inner Elsa, and let it go
2) Accept that you will have many more mini breakdowns over this.
It's actually quite freeing to really lose it. I call it the "ugly cry cleanse'. Scream in the pillow. Beat it up too. Throw your pity parties for one.
3) Realize the sh*t you are trying not to lose is in fact sh*t that makes you sad.
Forget about worrying about loosing your sh*t for a moment. Let's just acknowledge for a moment just how hard this sh*t is. It's ridiculous what we go through on any given day. I'm not just talking about our kids and their more challenging behaviors here. I'm talking about all the stuff we deal with day in, day out. Appointments, teachers, random looks or comments from strangers. It adds up. Allow yourself the acknowledge those super sad feelings. They suck. I'm not going to lie about that. I'm not going to ignore them either.
4) Ask for help.
You remember all those nice family or friends at the start of all this stuff that said "If there is anything I can do to help..." Call those favors in. Now don't expect them to show up solving all your problems but maybe you need to share your sh*t with a friendly ear. Maybe they can watch your kid for a few hours while you take a walk. Or go to the doctor and have that nice friendly medical professional suggest what's a good anti depressant to take. Then go fill that prescription and try it because if it was any other part of your body having a hard time right now you would not hesitate to take a medication for it. Hate to break it to you Honey but there is no prize for "Most Stoic" here. Ask for help.
5) Allow yourself to screw it up.
Guess what? Something your researched, something that was suggested to you to do for your kid, it's wrong! If you're really lucky, some day your kid will grow up and ask you "WTF???" about it. That's just the way this sh*t rolls. We follow our gut instinct and do the best we can with what we have. Sometimes that is still not enough and we don't know that right away. Sh*t happens!
6) You didn't really lose your sh*t. You just misplaced it.
Take a deep breath. Clear your mind. Where did you last see your sh*t? Call it a do over and just try again. With this sh*t, it's all we can do. :-)