I have a very dear friend named Karen. She and I met at a playgroup about 7 1/2 years ago. We have a lot in common. Our firstborn sons share the same name and a lot of the same challenges in life. Through the years, I have sometimes felt like Karen is one of the only people who understands my particular trials as a mother.
Karen and I get together at least once a month for dinner or dessert, saving our husbands thousands of dollars in therapy bills, as we share problems and solutions and lots of laughs..
Recently, Karen told me about Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet. Tammet is an autistic savant (think Rainman) with Asperger's Syndrome who shares his story of growing up in a large family in London, dealing with his differentness and finding his place in the world.
This has been a fascinating look into an autistic mind. And although Tammet's story is very different than my child's, I appreciate the reminder that every mind is unique and that, to be effective in parenting, it is essential to try and see the world through your child's lenses once in a while. Two thumbs up!