Permissive parenting ruined my relationship with my disabled son.

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When Dom was a toddler, he did not watch TV, play with toys, or engage in most activities. He loved to run away, and climb everything.

He climbed out windows and came bouncing in through the front door completely naked. He ran away all the time.

In order to put groceries away, I had an extra car seat in my kitchen for the sole purpose of securing him in place safety for 10 minutes.

My husband made a rock climbing wall in our living room, and a ball pit in our family room out of a giant inflatable pool. He once swung from the chandelier in our dining room. He never stopped.

I believe it all started because I wanted five minutes of solitude. I searched for any temporary distraction that entertained Dominic long enough for me to drink a cup of coffee.

Any impulsive purchase to make it through the checkout line at Target because it was just money and my sanity was at stake.

Over time, though,…

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