15 Things Being a Mom of a Special Needs Child Is and Isn't

mom child special needsApproximately 10.2 million children in the U.S. have special needs, and each of their experiences is different. There's one awesome quote out there: "Autism is a journey I never planned, but I sure do love my tour guide," and it applies to moms of children with all special needs. It's a path that's unexpected, and every mom has her own approach. Here's what moms had to say about caring for their children:

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A mother of a special needs child is human.
A mother of a special needs child is not a saint.

A mother of a special needs child is blessed and stressed.
A mother of a special needs child is not perfect! She still makes mistakes like any other parent.

A mother of a special needs child is still a mother with struggles like the rest of 'em.
A mother of a special needs child is not lazy. In fact, she's anything but!

A mother of a special needs child is stronger than she knows.
A mother of a special needs child is not a bad parent.

A mother of a special needs child is more resilient than she realizes.
A mother of a special needs child is not someone to be messed with if you're not helping her child.

A mother of a special needs child is supportive of anything and everything her child may need.
A mother of a special needs child is not a superhero.

A mother of a special needs child is wonderfully strong and a loving mother.
A mother of a special needs child is not worthless.

A mother of a special needs child is worthy of an honorary PhD in childhood behavior, the autism spectrum disorder, and problem solving.
A mother of a special needs child is not able to prevent or avoid any situation. She just has to face it a little differently.

A mother of a special needs child is just walking a different path.
A mother of a special needs child is not unsympathetic.

A mother of a special needs child is as unique as her kiddos.
A mother of a special needs child is not expected but completely accepted.

A mother of a special needs child is made for her child, just like they're made for her.
Being a mother of a special needs child is not "the worst thing ever."

A mother of a special needs child is completely, utterly, entirely unselfish.
A mother of a special needs child is not a martyr.

A mother of a special needs child is relentless.
A mother of a special needs child isn't a quitter. She will never quit. Seriously, ever.

A mother of a special needs child is tired. Just like every other momma.
Being a mother of a special needs child is not impossible, but completely rewarding.

Being a mom of a child with autism is like taking a journey where you have no map to follow. You will see beauty in things where others may just walk by without taking a simple glance. You will have rough spots and smooth spots and good and bad weather, but you will always have the beauty of the trip.
Being a mom of a child with autism is not the end of the world. It's not the loss of a child. It's not about what I did wrong.

Your turn: what is a mother of a special needs child, and what isn't she?

 

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