Why Next Weekend Should Be Mother's Day, Too
I am still riding high from the thrills of Mother's Day, the main one being that I got to sleep late. My kids' handmade cards were adorable, as always, and I loved being an object of family worship.
But really, I think mothers of kids with special needs should be celebrated every weekend—heck every day—for what we do. To be sure, all mothers take care of a whole lot. Yet as parents raising kids with disabilities, we deal with even more. We deserve that Mother's Day special treatment year round.
The top reasons we should regularly get recognition (flowers would be nice, too):
- For all the therapy and doctor appointments we juggle. - For the countless sacrifices we make—financial, work, and personal—to care for our children. - For handling diapers, dressing, bathing, and feeding long after so-called typical kids are out of diapers and able to feed, dress, and bathe themselves. - For the therapeutic exercises we regularly do with our kids, even if we can't get to them all because we are mothers of the human variety and occasionally we need to sleep. - For dealing with the insurance company and the bills we submitted that they either lose or refuse to pay. - For doing battle with the insurance company and getting them to pay up. - For the supersonic patience that we display, more patience than we ever though humanly possible, as our children have sensory meltdowns or talk about fire trucks every five minutes (or whatever their current obsession). - For our incessant drive to learn as much as we can about our children's disabilities, so much so that sometimes we end up informing the experts. - For powering through day after day, even though there are times when all we want to do is hide under the covers or cry in the shower. - For regularly being our children's best champions, whether it's at a park and other kids (or even adults) are staring—or just generally helping people better understand kids with special needs.
Ellen Seidman is a mom of two, editor, and professional snacker who blogs daily at Love That Max. You can find her pondering special needs parenthood and other important topics (such as what her next snack will be) on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ even though she still hasn't totally figured out what that is.
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