I wanted to start this blog so that I can share about my experience in balancing work, family life and autism. Below are 8 reasons why I wanted to start this blog.
- I want to share our story. Not everyone knows about our family and how we have dealt with the reality of an autism diagnosis for both of our boys. Our autism journey has been a rollercoaster ride, with extreme highs and lows. Most days I am super grateful and blessed to have such amazing kids but sometimes the challenges of autism can be really frustrating. This blog is a way for me to share and vent in a constructive way.
- I want to learn how to blog. About 4 years ago, I started another blog called Dad of Steel, which I wrote about being a new Dad. It was short-lived mostly because I didn’t really have time and my work situation wasn’t very flexible. I work from home now and so it’s more manageable. I love learning and building things from scratch. The process of building a blog is fun and creative. I also need to practice my writing skills, which I firmly believe is horrible. So please forgive me in advance for the bad grammar and spelling mistakes. Hopefully, it becomes better over time.
- I want to help other parents. My hope is that in sharing my experience and knowledge, perhaps I would be able to help other parents navigate this crazy thing called autism. I also look forward to learning from other people as well.
- I want to educate the world about autism. A lot of people still don’t know or understand what autism is including some of my relatives and friends and I don’t blame them. Autism is such a spectrum, where no child is exactly the same. Not everyone feels comfortable hanging out with or talking to autistic people. Perhaps I can help alleviate some of the stigmas behind all of this.
- I want to discover autism-friendly places. One of our goals is to visit different places, restaurants, events and review them for their ability to be autism-friendly. A lot of families dealing with autism find it challenging to find places that their kids would be comfortable being at without having to worry about things such as noise, people judging or complaining about them. Also, not all places are able to accommodate people with disabilities.
- I want to make some income from my blog. To be honest, this is actually the least important on my list but if I can somehow figure a way to create some additional income whether through ads or something else, I would definitely welcome it. Autism can be very expensive and blogging is something I can do regardless of location, which fits nicely with our lifestyle.
- I want to create a legacy for our family. Blogging allows me to creatively capture all of the interesting adventures that our family will be doing through words, pictures, and video.
- I want to make more friends. The amazing friends we have and spend time with our other parents that have kids on the spectrum as well. It’s difficult to make friends with people that we have no common interest with, especially if they don’t have kids with autism. There’s something about having that common bond that makes friendships that much closer and stronger. The good friends we have are people that we can share our troubles and triumphs with and they truly understand and appreciate the magnitude of them.