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View Poll Results: Have you been diagnosed with autism?
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Old 05-23-2023, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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3672: High Five w/ Mike Lawrence

Beloved guest Mike Lawrence returns and hilariously fills us in on his lifeís new developments: inside the WAG Writers Strike, receiving an autism diagnosis, adoption, and the passing of his father. He probably makes fun of you.

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A lot of laughs out loud moments on this one and a tear jerker at one point. Classic ep
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Very sweet. He seem to be doing a great job as a parent

I wasnít surprised by how hard being a parent is either, but of course. Some things were really hard. I had lots of anxiety that something could happen to the kids, and Post part um depression.
Handling the kids wasnít so bad compared to this.
I would also never try to sell someone on being a parent.
And I donít really think it can be done. My kids make me very happy a lot and give me additional purpose in life. But it was as if I discovered a new room in my house, opened it and found there all the new love there.
I couldnít imagine it before.
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Mike Lawrence rules, THERE I SAID IT.
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Saying I'm the one person who voted yes. I was diagnosed formally as an adult after years of trying to figure out why I was different than my peers. I fell into that gap of missed diagnoses because I'm female.

Like Mike, it gave official answers to what I already knew, and clarified why certain types of treatment I was seeking just wouldn't work.

There's still a lot lacking the the adult area of help for autistics; I'm very grateful of the online community sharing anything of their experiences. This offers options I might of not considered.
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Here is something I found to be true:

If you create your own family, this is the number one family in your heart and brain.
Someone talks about relationships between kids and parents you think about your kids and you.
The family of origin is still there in your mind, but it's on second position. I see myself way more as a parent than as a child and in this position I have way more influence on how it's going.
It demystified my parents for me. I see how some stuff they did was bad and unnecessary and it can be done better.
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Ö also me and my parents all hung out today and had the best time. I guess just remember to be yourself and let love in. I did, and that only gives me more love to give. And sometimes Iím sad I guess but honestly never.Ē - Apia
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… also me and my parents all hung out today and had the best time. I guess just remember to be yourself and let love in. I did, and that only gives me more love to give. And sometimes I’m sad I guess but honestly never.” - Apia
I wish! My parents annoy me every day we hang out. Also we happen to be on a 4 day vacation with them, Mr Apia's sister, her partner and their 2 kids, the my mother in law and her sister and it's great.

I have time for solo hikes with the dog and I love it. Everyone has fun.

Still I love when my daughter asks me how I survived with them as parents.
With damage is my answer.
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Ö also me and my parents all hung out today and had the best time. I guess just remember to be yourself and let love in. I did, and that only gives me more love to give. And sometimes Iím sad I guess but honestly never.Ē - Apia
I think my parents are ok with me being myself since the last year. All my life they'd prefer someone else ( but I'm sure if I was someone else they'd prefer someone like me now)
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Now I in the mood for even more openness about it.
It's complex.
Sometimes especially my mother annoys me so much that I think not even a Saint could take it and not react.
She loves to control everything and even after knowing her so long I don't know if she will be absolutely cool about a thing or absolutely terrible.
She is funny but also very dominant and judgmental.But she is also very caring and 100 percent dependable. She would do everything for us.
With my father it's also interesting. He is for a man of his age rather progressive, he took care of our infant son by himslef because he was already retired and my mother wasn't for a month and came with me to a city 3 hours away because it was necessary for my new work. Feeling the baby and diaper changes and walks and all. He said: of course I'll do it, if it's good for your career, it's good for all of us in the family. On the other hand he has questionable political opinions, and is afraid of too much change. But he is at the edge of questionable, we can still catch him with logic and he can admit he was wrong.
I would give them a 7/10 for being my parents. Now more 8, in the former years 5, 6 on good days. Oh, my mother is yelling. Maybe it's more a 7 now.

And if I ever said something like "be yourself and let love in" to them they would ask me if I just had a stroke. They are hard eastern Europeans.

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