I once heard it said that raising children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is like running an FASD marathon. At the time, I wasn’t quite sure what the individual meant but, as my grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome progress through their teenage years, I now know exactly what it means:
- RUN one step ahead of them. Know their moods. Recognize the onset of a meltdown.
- EXPECT setbacks, but FORGE AHEAD.
- Know this takes STAMINA and FOCUS and diminishes ENERGY.
- PLAN A STRATEGY to prevent losing to their defiance.
- Stay ON TRACK.
- STAY HEALTHY so you can cope with the behaviors waiting to TRIP YOU UP.
- Don’t FALL, never FAIL, NEVER GIVE UP.
- KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE FINISH LINE; only when night falls can you say you WON.
You see, it is a marathon. So get on those sneakers and start running! I’m sure many caregivers of teens with FASD can come up with more tips on winning the FASD marathon. So, let’s hear them. Please leave a comment.
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