Since Tilly‘s arrival, the question I’ve been asked most is this: How is The Boy Child with her?
I tell people that he is besotted, and he is. But …
He is also heavy-handed with her, constantly bothers her if she is trying to sleep and will insist on cuddling her in what can only be described as a death grip.
We’re aware that he’s behaving like this because he is a 12-year-old boy who is in love with this bundle of furry joy. Perhaps autism is only a consideration when he’s unable to moderate his interactions with her.
In a sign of growing maturity, The Boy Child did tell us that he was a “bit jealous” of Tilly and all the attention she receives from The Brainy One and me. I swear I felt my heart squeeze when he said those words.
What advice can you give, beyond reassurance and each with their own space?