What Special Needs Moms Really Want For Mother’s Day
All I want for Mother’s Day is to sleep in, till about 10:00 a.m. or so. No breakfast in bed, please! I just want to be served straight up, uninterrupted, really deep sleep.
Don’t get me wrong: Flowers would be lovely and all, but sleep is what I dream of. When I’m able to get quality sleep, that is. I’m usually up till midnight or so working or doing chores. Max usually wakes up in the middle of the night and tries to crash in our bed. On weekends, the kids are up and at ‘em around 7 a.m. or so, but lately Max has had this lovely habit of rising at 5:30 in the morning.
Earlier this week, I asked Facebook friends what they’d like for Mother’s Day, and I’m in excellent sleep-deprived company: sleeping in, “a nap” and “uninterrupted sleep” were the most popular contenders (with a few chocolate-covered strawberries thrown in). Looks like moms of kids with autism have the same thing in mind! I’d also like a few hours in the house alone, but I think that’s maybe illegal to suggest to the kids as a MOTHER’S day activity, and could result in years of therapy, so I won’t be mentioning that.
Actually, the majority of things on mom’s wish lists cost no money whatsoever—see how easy it is to please us, Dads and Significant Others?! Here are some things moms of kids with special needs want most this Sunday.
All I Want for Mother’s Day Is….
“For someone to clean my house and fold all of the laundry.”—Deborah Walker
“A day of peace—with no agenda, fighting or selfishness. A day when my entire family can think about something other than themselves and time slows down to a calm & relaxing pace.”–Jennifer Lee Black
“Flowers, a meal made by someone besides myself, and a nap. In that order.”—Sunday Stilwell
“To one day hear my son call me Mama. Whether it be this Mother’s Day or in ten years from now. I’ll be patient.”—Nicole Bellefleur Valdron
“For my children to be healthy and happy!”—Jennifer Sellers Campbell
“A meal that I don’t have to cook or clean up from, and that I can actually eat without jumping up every 5 seconds to get someone something.”—Cindy Turner Detlefs
“To be able to spend a lot of time with my own mom.”—Jenny Saul-Avila
“For my kids to put something back from where they got it.”—Chrisa Hickey
“Positive attitudes all around me.”—Amanda Evangeline Cleland Maddox
“An afternoon snuggling on the couch with a movie.”—Amanda Guyton
“I am going all out with this one. I want a whole 24 hours to myself! That would include uninterrupted sleep, meals and at least one hot bath.”—Jessica Hamilton
“A housekeeper or a gardner. Either one would be great!”—Kate Anders
“An uninterrupted meal! Any meal!”—Sonia J. Lopez
“Honestly? Something—anything—that lets me know my kids still like having me as their mother. They’re 18 and 23, but I’d settle for a short note on lined paper.”—Laura Raymond
“For my kids to go one day without having a fight that turns into a major meltdown!”—Amy Benton Bradley-Hole
“A morning snuggling with the kids over books or The Wizard of Oz while my husband gets up and makes breakfast. And a Bloody Mary—or a Mimosa, I’m not picky.”—Helena H
“A massage!”—Rebecca Uccello
“Quiet.”—Jamie Ponder Prince
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