I Love you Anyway, Dad


I am not the child you thought I would be.

You love me anyway.

I cannot do the things you hoped I could do.

You cheer for me anyway.

I have interests that are very different from yours.

You participate with me anyway.

I don’t respond to you the way you would expect.

You engage with me anyway.

I sometimes behave in ways you don’t understand. 39506212_s

You keep learning anyway.

My future may not be what you planned.

You encourage me to grow to be the best me anyway.


Sometimes, you get impatient and frustrated with me,

I love you anyway.

Sometimes you feel scared and your heart hurts,

I see your bravery, love and courage anyway.

Thank you for loving me the way I am Dad.

Thank you for letting me love you, the way I can.


Your Child with Autism




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  1. Sandi September 1, 2016 at 8:20 am - Reply

    I wish I could share this with my future son in law. My daughter and him have a 3 years old daughter on the spectrum. My fear would be that I would be overstepping my bounds!

    • Jenn September 1, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Sandi, I often hear grandparents speak of their fear of overstepping boundaries. I wish I had a clear answer as to when you should share and when to hold off. My general rule of thumb is that if you are sharing something uplifting (as I think this post is) AND you can tell why you thought he might enjoy it or get something from it, then go ahead and share it. You might say, “this post made me think about how you love my grandson unconditionally.” Adult parents need affirmation so very badly from their own parents and in-laws.
      I wish you and your family the best Sandi!
      Please consider joining me at Autism and Grandparents on Facebook.
      Warm wishes,

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