Special Needs Parenting...embracing your family's normal

"My child is struggling and I"m exhausted."

"My spouse is disconnected from the family."

"I feel like I'm not doing enough, but I don't know what else to try."

Being the parent of a child with special needs is challenging. In fact, it can bring unexpected stresses with spouses, siblings and even within your own belief in your parenting abilities. You try your best to be kind, patient and loving but there are days when you're so tired of the struggles that you just want to quit. I know, I've been there, I get it!

Parenting a special needs child has days which include...

  • Resentment that every day is filled with challenges

  • Uncertainty of what's best for you child

  • Frustration with inconsistent information from specialists

  • Sadness for dreams unfulfilled (and guilt for feeling sadness about it)

  • Irritation towards "helpful" advice from those who have no idea about your daily stresses

  • Jealousy towards parents who have "typical" families

  • GUILT for feeling any or all of the above!

YOU ARE NOT ALONE! There are many others who are also struggling to make it one day, one hour at a time. So what can parents do?