I'm 46, my son is 12, I have 5 kids, and I think I just need other moms like me to talk to.
All the mom's I know don't have children with Autism or on the spectrum. The advice I get sometimes don't work for me or Eduardo. I'm having a real hard time getting Eduardo to do anything out of school. He won't do any sports. He don't like leaving the house much. This past Saturday was the Autism Awareness walk and Eduardo did not have fun. He didn't want to go and it kind of makes me and the family sad to know he does nothing all day everyday. The guilt is hard to deal with. Don't tell me to find something that he's interested in and look into that...I've tried it all. Eduardo is my youngest and he tells me that he has fun with his imagination. He's never ever had any friends untill this year...So this will be his first birthday party ever. There was never anyone to invite before. We like to camp, go to the beach, fish, hike, all that stuff. Eduardo says he don't like going and would rather stay home. When he does go it looks like he's having a great time and a lot of family fun...Even family pool parties or B.B.Qs at aunts and uncle houses. He say's he don't want to go. But he always ends up having fun...But if you ask him after if he had fun he will tell you no. I don't know what to do. He won't do anything after school at school. He says school is from 7:55am to 2:45pm. Anyone been in my shoe's before? Please let me know if I should continue to try and find some things for Eduardo to do. Or am I hurting him by making him do 1/2 of the stuff that we want to do as a family.