IS ISOLATION REAL?
I'm here to tell you, yes, it most certainly is. While I sit here within the safety net of my four walls, I feel no judgement. No stares, no whispering about the behaviour that might have been witnessed. I can tackle the meltdowns, I can float off into my own little bubble where we are all safe, because being out exploring a world that has limited or no awareness of families that live like mine, takes away the ease or enjoyment of taking the children on adventures.
Does this make me, or us, recluses? No. It just means we worry. We worry about every aspect of going out and enjoying life like a mainstream family would. Various times I'm told not to worry, they don't know us, we won't see them again.... Does that make me feel better? Will it make me want to go out more often?
No it doesn't, because I'm that person who takes everything to heart, the one who would rather sit at home being a referee than venture out into a world of negative opinions and awkward looks at how my children cope with the world around them.
So yes, isolation is very real. And do you know what? It's lonely too.
So, if you see a mum struggling or a child kicking off don't judge that mother or child. Instead, think to yourself what they have gone through to brave venturing out and leaving their safe four walls? Maybe ask if you can do anything to help or maybe just smile to show that she is doing OK and it's all fine.
Think before you react, help us to raise awareness and make our community a more enjoyable experience for all of its members.
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