Hey @cjs_mmm ,
Thank you for sharing. We read that your daughter is so dear to your heart. It sounds like it must have been exceptionally hard when your daughter moved in with her mum full time and you saw little of her. It is understandable that you want to see her move regularly and that you are wanting to be there for her as she is growing up.
You are not alone. As you mentioned, teenagers are trying the trapeze by themselves now and yes, they may be testing their independence. I recognise you want to connect more with your daughter. This article may guide how to effectively communicate with your daughter in a way that lets her see that you want to genuinely connect with her more.
At the same time, I wonder if you would be interested in ReachOut's Parent Coaching if you wanted to have some 1:1 support too. It sounds like you have had some incredible memories with your daughter and you just want to re-ignite that in the midst of growing up.
Remember your own self-care. It recognise it is incredible difficult right now. We encourage your to remember those memories that make you laugh.
There IS hope.
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My heart goes out to your family. Time may make it better but I agree that an autism expert would be the way to go. Professor Tony Atwood and his team offer many services but cost money. Did you know you can also refer as a concerned person in someone’s life? That way your daughter doesn’t have to go. She might even go with you and get more comfortable with the idea. Big hugs
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