What’s Your Favorite Piece of Special Needs Mom Wisdom?


Being a mom of a kid with special needs makes you an expert on all sorts of things—therapy for your child, medical lingo, convincing insurance companies to pay bills. Sadly, we rarely get recognition for our expertise. And so I loved the Mom Wisdom Wall at the P&G house at BlogHer, a conference for bloggers I recently attended. Visitors could share their brilliance there, in honor of  their Proud Sponsor of Moms campaign. For every person who jumped in, P&G donated $10 to the Special Olympics—up to $5000. Awesomeness.

I went with “Always, always trust your gut.”

Some other favorite pieces of special needs mom wisdom:

• Forget about typical child development; your child is on his own timeline.

• Everything does not have to be a Therapeutic Activity. It’s OK to just be a parent sometimes and let your kid just be a kid.

• Look at the ways your child is more alike than different than other children—and encourage others to see that too.

What’s your favorite piece (or two!) of mom wisdom?

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  1. by desiree

    On August 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Patience and accept help if you need it, realize you aren’t a machine. Let yourself cry if you have to.

  2. by Amy Baskin

    On August 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    To do the best for your child, you need to take care of yourself. Sneak in time for yourself DAILY. Read a favourite book, walk the dog, phone a friend, knit a row, snuggle with your spouse, hit a yoga class. Special needs parenting means you’re in it for the long haul. The happier and stronger you are, the more you have to give to your child.

  3. by Mandi

    On August 30, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    That you NEVER set limitations on your child. Period.

  4. by AMJ

    On August 30, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    “Don’t let the fear of ‘what if’ rob you of ‘what is’ today.” As the parent of a child with a severe heart defect, this quote comes in handy in warding off the fear of my daughter dying. If the fear creeps in then it steals all the happiness and joy we could be sharing together as a family. I first heard this quote from another heart mom who heard it from her daughter’s cardiologist. Memorable words for sure.

  5. by Kelly

    On August 31, 2011 at 9:46 am

    “Sometimes we just have to know we’ve done our best and hope his Angel is watching the rest.”

  6. by Kim Murphy

    On August 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Start a not book and write down every Dr app and what you need to ask and what they said. It all becomes a blur and will be very glad you did.

  7. by Barb Dittrich

    On September 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Good enough is good enough! Parenting a child with special needs can have so many pressures in and of itself. Don’t put the added pressure on yourself of expecting a perfectly clean home, perfect organization or perfect outcomes. Find joy and contentment in your life with your child as it is.