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SPECIAL NEEDS MOM - a look inside

You may think us "special moms" have it pretty rough.
We have no choice. We just manage life when things get really tough.
We've made it though the days we thought we'd never make it through.
We've even impressed our own selves with all that we can do.

We've gained patience beyond measure, love we never dreamed of giving.
We worry about the future but know this "special" life's worth living.
We have bad days and hurt sometimes, but we hold our heads up high.
We feel joy and pride and thankfulness more often than we cry.

For our kids, we aren't just supermoms. No, we do so much more.
We are cheerleaders, nurses, and therapists who don't walk out the door.
We handle rude remarks and unkind stares with dignity and grace.
Even though the pain they bring cannot be erased.

Therapies and treatment routes are not a lot for us to digest.
We don't know what the future holds but give our kids our best.
None of us can be replaced, so we don'…

A PLEA FROM A PARENT WITH A CHILD WHO HAS SPECIAL NEEDS

I need to be listened to without feeling judged.

I sometimes just need to vent.

I need to be understood when I say that I'm
physically & emotionally exhausted.

I need a hug.

I often need a nap.

I need a shower without company or screaming.

I need a timeout.

I need to laugh.

I often feel guilty for having these needs.

Most importantly, I need you to know that with all
of these "Needs" I never stop loving my child &
feel very blessed that s/he's mine.

~S. Zajicek ~ Parents Supporting Parents

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Applied to Special Need Parents

I was reading an article on Stephen Covey's "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" applied to special needs parents and found it interesting.

Be Proactive
This should speak volumes to parents with special needs children. Be proactive; recognize that you are "response-able" to help make a better life for your child. It is most definite that you will probably have to do things outside of the normal. Translation: think outside the box.

Begin with the end in mind.
This is based on imagination. What kind of life do you envision for your child as an adult? Imagine them going to college, living independently, having a social life. Imagine a great, world changing....and then see every detail through to the end.

Put first things first.
The third habit reminds people that "to live a more balanced existence, you have to recognize that not doing everything that comes along is okay." Life management -- it is okay to not do everything that comes along. Set prio…