Monday Motivation – How my Autistic Son Taught Me to Never Give Up

Monday Motivation – How my Autistic Son Taught Me to Never Give Up

We had a bit of a Big Thing happen here last week.

On Thursday morning, Max walked to his line from our car BY HIMSELF for the first time ever!

I’m not gonna lie – it was HARD for me to let go of that safety net that’s been tightly held to let him do it, but I’ve been feeling like he’s been ready for this for a while now.

Of course I couldn’t help myself and got out of the car to get a better view of how he was doing. He NAILED it!

So then the next day (Friday) I asked him on the drive in if he wanted me to walk in with him or to go by himself.

“No Mummy. By myself!” was his reply. So off he went again! And out of my car I got to keep an eye out. A little further away this time. He had the hugest grin on his face as he shouted “bye Mummy!” while he ran towards the school gate.

I’m not gonna lie, when Max started school, it didn’t even enter into my head that he’d be able to have this level of independence, however small it may seem to most. That his speech would become as clear as it’s becoming – or even here at all! That he’d be not just managing, but thriving at school – joining in with his mainstream class most of the time and working SO hard on focusing that he’s knackered by the afternoons – still happy, just tired!

I guess I was focused on coping with the day to day violent behaviour and constant screaming on no sleep that we used to have daily.

But it’s happening.

Max is becoming verbal and CLEAR with it.

He’s learning more and more in school and *enjoys* being around his peers.

And he’s now leaning into independence in ways I had never thought would be possible.

All because we never gave up.

All because he never gave up. ❤️

How my Autistic Son Taught Me to Never Give Up


It’s my (first!) turn to host The Monday Motivation Linky this week! I love reading everyone’s posts and sharing them – we’re here to lift each other up after all, right? Remember to keep to the theme of being uplifting, inspirational, and motivational. I can’t wait to read them!

My two favourites from last week’s linky hosted by Autism Mumma were:

  • This post from Hijacked By Twins, where Kirsty decides she’s going to be much more mindful of how she portrays her own thoughts on body image with her daughter looking on. I love that realisation that those who love you do it regardless of your size! ❤️
  • This post fromDeb at Chaos in Kent about not taking everything personally. We all have this habit of assuming that everyone is talking about us. Deb Reminds us that, quite honestly, everyone is too busy thinking of themselves to pay attention. It’s time to take back control and let go of those worries!

If you have a post you’d like to link up, please add it below. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #TheMMLinky and grab your badge code from my sidebar over on the right to add to your blog posts!


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  1. Dee
    March 19, 2018 / 9:28 am

    So proud of max he’s coming on leaps and bounds and so proud of u for doing such a great job x never give up

    • Marylin
      March 19, 2018 / 9:44 am

      Aww thanks so much honey! Damn right – I’ll never give up! <3 xxx

  2. March 19, 2018 / 11:39 am

    Talking as someone that still picks her son up for lunch, for his own safety, I KNOW how big this has been for you! Love the 2 posts you picked, they were fabulous x

    • Marylin
      March 19, 2018 / 1:59 pm

      Thanks lovely – it’s been amazing! <3 x

  3. March 19, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    That’s so heartwarming! My nephew is autistic and he was also non-verbal before he started school – it’s amazing how much of a difference the extra support from a school that’s right for you and your child can help with! What an amazing milestone to be celebrating- well done!

    • Marylin
      March 19, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      It really is! But all in all it’s the hard work and determination he has within himself that’s been the guide! I’m so proud of him! <3 x

  4. March 19, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    Aww I am so proud of max he’s coming on leaps and bounds. You are doing amazing x

    • Marylin
      March 22, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      Thanks so much lovely, it’s been wonderful to see him coming on so well! <3 x

  5. March 19, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    This was a lovely post to read. I felt a bit emotional actually. I often think that the problem with raising strong confident children is that you end up raising strong confident children! It’s so bittersweet. I’m so glad that Max is thriving at school and long may it continue

    • Marylin
      March 22, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      Thanks so much lovely, I’ve been doing little happy dances in my car every morning since as he continues to enjoy this bit of independence! <3 x

  6. March 19, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    How encouraging for you, well done on keeping on going, the tough times must be really tough and the sweet times unbelievably sweet. Such a cute pic! Congrats on hosting the linky and wish you all the best with it. #MMLinky

    • Marylin
      March 22, 2018 / 12:52 pm

      Thanks so much Liberty – it’s been so amazing to see him go from strength to strength… made all the difficult times we’ve been through worth every second! <3

  7. March 21, 2018 / 11:47 pm

    I love how blogging helps me learn about different issues and also recognise autism or traits in my daughter. We need to celebrate every milestone with our children and they all have individual ones regardless of if they have conditions or not. You are doing a great job by the sound of things and your love shines through this post. #TheMMlinky

    • Marylin
      March 22, 2018 / 12:52 pm

      Thanks lovely, it’s been fantastic to see him progress! <3 x

  8. March 27, 2018 / 2:31 am

    This is such a beauty and heartwarming post! – I promise I’m not crying, I just have dust in my eyes
    You keep pushing on through Darling, you’re an incredible mother and a inspiring human being in general. You truly deserve happiness throughout all of your hurdles you may face in the future.❤️❤️ xoxo
    Head high! You can do this.

    • Marylin
      March 28, 2018 / 8:31 am

      Oh Emily thanks so much! <3 xx

    • Marylin
      April 5, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you lovely! I guess that’s the thing isn’t it – we mums never do give up, even when it feels like there’s no solution… we find a way.<3 x

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