1. Kim Dedmon
    November 28, 2016 @ 11:31 am

    Charlie, you are so brave and strong! And what an amazing brother you are to love Jack no matter what. I can imagine it might be hard some days, but I’d bet you would say that it is hard some days to love all of your other brothers and sister too, right? Being a family is mostly fun, but sometimes it is hard too! Know that you are loved by your family! Thank you for sharing your words with us!


  2. chris
    November 28, 2016 @ 11:36 am

    That is so cool that he thinks that way about his brother. Good for him.


  3. the jay train
    November 28, 2016 @ 11:40 am

    I really love this. I am going to have my NT son read it so that he knows he’s not alone and then I’ll ask him if he’d like to share any thoughts on his own autistic brother for my blog.


  4. Sarah Fabrizio
    November 28, 2016 @ 11:41 am

    Great post as always. I think the holiday has all of us thinking about our families. My son is 6 and on the spectrum and my daughter is 2. I just wrote a post this week about her. I love to hear about other siblings and how they feel about having a sibling with special needs. I would love for you to check out my post and blog.



  5. Lisa Mertens
    November 28, 2016 @ 12:42 pm

    Charlie, You are wise beyond your years. I appreciate that you were willing to share your perspective as a sibling. What an important observation that it was the adults at the rope swing who needed to be more compassionate. I am a school psychologist who works with many families and I will be sharing your mom’s blog and this post with those families and my school teams.


  6. SofiaPrada
    November 28, 2016 @ 1:17 pm

    Lovely story. Charlie you are a wonderful brother. I will share it with my daughter; sometimes she has hard times understanding why her brother behave the way he does. I talk to her a lot but I think she will be happy to see how other siblings see it. Thanks for sharing!


  7. ajsteele55
    November 28, 2016 @ 1:40 pm

    This is precious. I am going to show to our 10-year old and I know he will identify with you, Charlie! What a great, loving brother you are. And a great example to other brothers who may be embarrassed and who may have that same worry that you have. Much love to you!


  8. Kathleen Fencil
    November 28, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

    Wow. The Apple does not fall far from the tree. Amazing empathy and wisdom.


  9. adoberoseblog
    November 28, 2016 @ 7:26 pm

    what a blessing, Charlie, to have a brother like YOU!


  10. Alicia Przydzielski
    November 28, 2016 @ 9:40 pm

    Very very sweet posting, thank you for sharing Jack. I have a son who is 1 of 4 children (3 boys and 1 girl) who I think would write a very similar blog. His older brother too has Autism. It’s nice to hear how you feel about your brother, and some thoughts about how it has been growing up with one another. We too have floated the Saco River, and it was great family fun! I think we were even on that same rope swing. Again thank you for your thoughtful piece on your brother Charlie. It was really nice to read your perspectives and I will share it with my family.


  11. Kimybeee
    November 29, 2016 @ 3:33 pm

    Charlie should be speaking in front of his peers. What an amazing testimony on how love is perfect and how people should treat each other.


  12. Brittany
    November 30, 2016 @ 8:16 am

    Charlie, this is an awesome post about your brother… My brother also has a disability – a little different, called Down Syndrome – but it can be really really hard to be a sibling of someone with special needs sometimes. Hard when he is upset or mad or sad, and really hard when other people don’t understand him and how he works. Thank you for sharing your words about Jack :o) and for letting others out there know that they are not alone, and for giving me a reminder about love.


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