If anybody has any anarchist compatible parenting resources that specifically speak to raising kids on the autism spectrum I'd really appreciate them. Also if folks have things their parents did that they hated lmk!
@bugs Was wracking my brain on this one... I think the old No! Against Adult Supremacy zines might have something in them. You can get them as a compilation pretty cheap. It’s not all my cup of tea but there’s some good bits in there on kids in general.
In general, every kid is different and giving them room to develop at their pace on their terms has been huge with ours. Less expectations mean less frustrations for everyone involved. Fuck outcome goals in parenting.
We’re also fortunate ours haven’t had to deal with public education and all the forced conformity that it requires even under the best circumstances. I’d imagine that’s a whole other level of shit to deal with especially with a kid on the spectrum.
@ruin Yeah school is largely at the center of this debacle. Mainly that a specific thing they does has been causing them a lot of difficulty with other people at school. Talking about things doesn't really get across, and a lot of the conventional advice is really coercive and condescending.
Taking them as they are is a pretty wonderful piece of advice, even though (or perhaps because) it's not the easiest route. Fuck teaching people to act neurotypical, fuck (ideals of) humanity, fuck the education system. Going to have to figure out terms, pay a bit more attention, and be a bit wiser about all this.
I'll have to check out those zines! Also should probably read a bit more @ crip theory stuff in general
@bugs I tend to use a similar line of thought to address the critiques of anticiv as ableist.
The entire notion of ability in modern (post)industrial society is constructed through a materialist and utilitarian view of the body as a tool for production. We are measured by our physical capability to function in school, the factory floor, the office, the (single family) home, etc.
Anyone who can argue for such a conception of human value should fuck off.