I’m a bad mother. I’m not sure when it started, maybe it was before he was even born.
He has troubles tying his shoes, so each day he slips them on. We are in such a morning rush to get on the road for a nasty commute that I don’t even pay attention or notice anymore. They are on his feet, there was not a meltdown of epic proportions and we are out the door. And…. Yet I know in my heart that it is not the “right thing”, it’s not teaching him. I don’t even know if it is just because I don’t want the fight at 6am to get out the door, or if I’ve just become too lazy to even care. I’m tired, he’s tired, it’s done. He needs to learn independence, self-reliance, handling the world around him, and yet, I’m letting him become reliant on me to get things done, or not even try to tackle any of it.
I guess it stems, to be perfectly honest, from me having depression and being bi-polar. Some days I can barely even get myself out of bed to get ready, but I’m in charge of getting another human being ready for the day. Then, to add on autism where he really only wants to do “preferred activities”, I have no patience other than to trudge along and get things done no matter what, no matter who has to do them. The process doesn’t matter, just the end result…….
But , the process does matter….. he needs to learn things, I’m not going to be here for him forever.
I’m at a loss, I know what I should do, but don’t have the energy to get it done. I also know that I need to just stop doing things for him, he is a resourceful capable 9 year old that should be able to do some of these things. I was forced at the very young age of 4 to survive and carry the load of many household things because my mother was ill. I cooked, cleaned, did the laundry……. I never wanted that for my child, but in trying to “change the future” and let him be a kid, I’m not teaching him the stuff that needs to be taught…..
I’m a failure…….. and I know it…….. and I don’t have the energy to fix it…..