A brief personal note...
Parenting isn’t for the faint of heart nor does it come without sacrifices. You rise when things run smoothly and fall hard when they're not.
When a neurodiverse child is an integral part of the picture, herculean effort defines managing the demands and conflicts.
For me, the juggling and struggling took a toll, changing only when I made the choice that continue to face many working mothers today -- career or motherhood. I chose the latter, and it's a decision no working mother or father should have to make.
After forging ahead on a path where the ability to adapt to my child's complex and changing needs were the norm, life improved in immeasurable ways. Perfect? No. Better. Absolutely.
For working parents raising neurodiverse children, chronic and crisis issues frame all aspects of everyday life. As a working parent, the need for workplace flexibility, remote work options, flexible paid leave, manager support, and robust benefits can make a significant difference.
Employers want and need solutions to support and retain working parents and caregivers, an integral segment of their workforce. Education, awareness-building, and a supportive culture where open and honest conversations can occur are key to addressing and supporting these employees and their complex work/life needs.
Helping to bring clarity to the confusion. This is where I enter the picture.