Special needs parents I see you! I see the pain in your eyes because I’ve been there and some days I’m still where you are now.
Here are some things that I don’t want you to do.
Don’t apologize for your child’s disability.
Don’t feel sorry for your child.
Don’t push people away.
Don’t hide from your neighborhood and community.
Don’t blame yourself for not doing enough for your child.
Don’t feel guilty for saying no and taking time alone.
Don’t apologize for advocating.
Don’t believe everything you read or hear when you first learn of your child’s disability.
These are the things that you should do as a special needs parent.
Cry when you feel full and ready to explode.
Use tough situations as a teachable moment for others.
Find your tribe.
Advocate like a boss.
I’m not telling you that the job you’ve been assigned will be easy. I’m telling you it will be one hell of a rollercoaster ride. Along the way you will stop screaming and enjoy the ride.