Rob Gorski is better known online as The Autism Dad. He blogs almost daily about living with and raising three kids on the spectrum. As an adult on the spectrum who sometimes has a hard enough time taking care of himself, I have a ton of respect for what parents like Rob go through on a daily basis.
Rob quit his job as a career paramedic and firefighter in Ohio to stay home and raise the kids and work from home. It’s a decision that he doesn’t regret because he gets to spend time with his kids and gets to know them better and gain a better understanding and grab some insight into who they are as individuals.
Rob has taken The Autism Dad from the beginnings of a blog to internet success, boasting 40,000 Twitter followers @the_autism_dad and 11,000 Facebook fans of his page. Most of us wish we could be that lucky! When you get done listening to this (and only when you get done listening to this) check out the Autism Dad podcast as well.
Rob talks candidly about the strain that autism put on his marriage, how they fixed it and what they do now to keep it going. I’ll give you a hint. The phrase, “cheap date night,” was used.
It’s nice to find a dad who isn’t afraid to show raw emotion, and Rob does that. I know when I blog or write for Good Men Project I sometimes hold off on things because I don’t want to sound whiny or like I’m complaining. Rob’s point is that it’s good for people to see that because then they realize they’re not the only ones going through this with a child or children on the spectrum.
Maybe it’s not autism. Maybe your child has a different kind of developmental disability or disability. Telling the whole story is vitally important. Don’t just tell the good parts.
Sit back, relax and enjoy my chat with The Autism Dad, Rob Gorski.
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