Why Atypical Familia?


It's the first Monday in March and I'm excited to launch my new blog. It's been a long time coming, actually. After three years of writing AutismWonderland, it is time to move on.

So why Atypical Familia

Maybe I should rewind. 

I never knew there were two kinds of kids: typical and atypical. On the day Norrin was diagnosed with autistic disorder and global development delay, I was given a 20 page evaluation report. The days, weeks, months that followed I sat in meetings with special educational professionals and read book after book about autism. The word that I kept hearing and reading was atypical. Like atypical was this bad thing.

So I believed that it was. And "typical" became the goal.

That was almost six years ago. (Norrin was diagnosed in May, 2008.) The lines between atypical and typical have become blurred. Norrin is our only kid. And when it comes to parenting, autism is all that we know. So atypical is our typical. Autism is our normal.

We are a typical atypical familia. 

We want for our child what every parent wants for their child. Our current goals for Norrin revolve around happiness, compassion, independence and creativity. 

We may be used to autism, but every day is still a new adventure. Because that's what parenting is. An adventure, with our kid as the tour guide. 

What will Atypical Familia be? 

Our life in writing. What we do. What we love. Where we go. How we feel. The life and times of two typical parents raising an extraordinary kid.
     

Do you know that I started an #EverydayAutism Photo-a-Day Challenge on Instagram? 

18 comments:

  1. Great thoughts! Nice to see such growth in confidence and centeredness.

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    1. Thank you so much! It's definitely been a learning experience in so many ways.

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  2. Glad you didn't give up on your writing! You are a great writer and have a beautiful son!

    Jai @ Mami's Time Out

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    1. Thanks Jai. There are so many times I want to give up and there's always this little voice that tells me to keep going.

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  3. Congrats on moving on and launching this new blog. All the best!

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    1. Thanks Melissa!! I'm excited about this new venture!

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  4. congratulations on your new blog!

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  5. I'm soooo very proud of you, hermana! You truly have worked hard to not only create a great life for Norrin, but also encourage others through your journey as a family. Love you!! Can't wait to read more. <3

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    1. Thank you so very much Laurita! Love you too and thanks for following us through our journey. xoxo

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  6. This is wonderful, amiga! I love your goals for Norrin, because they are just the same as my goals. There is no "atypical" when it comes to the love and goals for our niños.

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    1. Thank you Ana - you are so right! When it comes to the love of our children - it's all the same.

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  7. So excited for your new journey! Love the path you are one keep inspiring amiga!

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    1. Thank you Ruby! I couldn't have done it without you pushing me. I love you girl!

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  8. So happy for you! Can't wait to read more.

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  9. Congratulations on your new blog! It looks wonderful!

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