“Here’s to you… the friend, role model, strongest person in the world, the vanquisher of monsters, the guy who slips their kid a dollar or a treat even when mom says no… you’re the man of the house and with that you deserve more than just a day.” from This one is for the dads
Rob Gorski – Lost and Tired
“My goal for today is to simply enjoy the day, appreciate being alive and spend time with my kids. Today, for me, is about spending time with my kids and focusing on what it means to be a father.” From My Father’s Day Message
“Should I be doing more? Or should I have done more back then? Did we stop a certain treatment or teaching method too quickly before we would see any gains? Did we pick the right school? Should we have fought for more services on his IEP last year…or 4 years ago? Would an extra speech therapy per week really be making a huge difference? If we were filthy rich and could afford the best private autism school in the world and 40 hours a week of the best aba money could buy would our kid be exactly the same as he is now? Or would he be verbal? Would he be higher functioning?
Should I be doing more?
Oh it eats at me sometimes!
I’m so freaking tired of feeling guilty…” from Should I Be Doing More? Autism & a dad’s guilt…
“You know the greatest gifts you can give a child are not presents, but presence.
You want things to be better, but don’t know if you would change a thing.
You love your child so much that you could burst.” From Happy Father’s Day
“If you’ve come across this blog and you’re a new or expecting parent of a child Down syndrome, you probably have some fears and worries about what the future may hold. You may even be scared that your child won’t play, laugh, and have fun with you like a typical child. You may even think having a child with Down syndrome means you’re going to miss out on many of the father / son moments you had imagined before receiving a Down syndrome diagnosis.
If that’s you, let me just encourage you with this; fear fades to joy very quickly for almost everyone I’ve meet that has raised a child with Down syndrome. Things most likely will be ok. You will almost certainly have decades of fun in your house.” From When The Tears And Fears Are Replaced With Laughter And Joy (or) Another Reason I Love Being A Dad!
“You see, I didn’t tell him to “Be nice to your brother.” What the heck does that mean anyway? Nice. Its a generic word that’s difficult to measure. I didn’t tell Zach that he was doing anything wrong or make any comment that suggested he was doing something bad. The spirit of my questions and comments focused on his relationship with his brother. A relationship both he and Aidan value and forget to prioritize in more selfish moments.” From The Only Relationship Worth Having
“The only General Ed / Mainstream class that Griffin participates in is Physical Education. The PE Coach and some of the kids in his class worked all last semester trying to help Griffin make a free throw. Griffin has poor gross and fine motor skills and the arm strength of a T-Rex. So this was no easy task.” From Sports
“I’m a straight-shooter. I won’t candy-coat it. That plan you had… that vision of fatherhood… it’s irrelevant now. Go ahead and mourn. Go ahead and let yourself be angry. Affix blame on whomever you’d like. Yell at God a little, he can take it.
Are you done?
Now here’s the deal. Your son’s path will be different. I’m not saying he is incapable of anything. I believe our kids can do ANYTHING their hearts desire. But that’s the catch. It has to be something HIS heart desires, not yours.” From Advice for the Autism Dad
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