Raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) isn’t always easy, and you shouldn’t feel that taking care of yourself is an act of selfishness—it’s a necessity. Because, being emotionally strong will not only better prepare you to care for your child but also give you the focus and understanding you need when your child throws you a curveball. With children on the autism spectrum, there are no consistent expectations or habits. It is a spectrum, and every child has varying abilities and challenges, and handles situations differently. Keeping an open mind and retooling information to fit your family’s needs is some of the best advice. Read on to share in our family’s journey and, I hope, take away some ideas and tips to ease you on your own parenting path, wherever it may lead.