If you're a parent of kids with special needs, there are many times when our stories are of our sorrows and challenges. But we also have to remember that certain moments are daily gifts that help us realize we all gain and give strength every day. Sometimes we forget to remind ourselves. Sometimes we can forget to tell others.
As a parent to a son with special needs, it can be easy to regret certain things. But not everything about autism is sad. Some of it is inspiring. Some of it is funny. And there are definitely good things about raising a child with autism.
But thanks to my son, Marky, here are 12 things that I will never regret learning from my years of raising him.
There is no time to have regrets, not when we look at what we gain in raising our kids, like the things we share and the children we are so lucky to raise. I take nothing for granted.
Carissa Garabedian is a married mom of three children and two Shih Tzus who loves to cook and leave food on her friends' doorsteps. She is also the founder of KnowDifferent.net, a site focused on resources for special needs kids and families to create a sense of community. Follow her on Twitter @knowdifferent and on Facebook.
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