Do you work outside the home?
Not much. I need to get better at this one.
What else would you like to tell us about yourself?
What benefits has Connecting for Kids brought to you and your family?
I do enjoy the speakers, the Meet and Greet in the spring and the annual fundraiser.
I KNEW IT!!!! I told you to trust yourself! Even when the doctors said, “give it time.” I'm glad you trusted your instincts and got the evaluations and eventually the diagnosis necessary to open doors for your family.
Everything is going to be OK. I know right
now it may not seem so, but have faith that it's all going to be exactly
the way it’s supposed to be. I know this isn't the road you expected
to travel, but there will be some awesome surprises along the way.
These surprises will come in every size, shape, and color you can
imagine, but when they appear…rely on them and trust that they have your
child's best interest at heart. They will eventually become a very
important part of your life and you won't be able to remember how you
ever survived without them.
Live in the moment. Try not to let worrying
about the future take away from the joys you have right now. There are
so many amazing things that come with parenting a child with special
needs. Someday you will look back and say, “I wouldn't change one
What I worry about the most...
Will he advocate for him? Will he attend the
IEP meetings? Will he remember to be the calming presence when the kids
lose their minds?
Have I done a good job preparing him to do
these things? Have I done a good job preparing my children to be
independent and advocate for themselves? Will they all be OK without
me? Will I be OK without them?
I've really got to stop worrying about this :-)
My greatest lesson learned...
We'd love to know if you have any go-to resources such as blogs, websites, or books that we can share with other parents.
I've probably been where you are right now. I've had the same fears, worries, anxieties, questions, concerns and hopeless feelings. I get it…many of us do. You are not alone and there are many parents that would love to be your sounding board and your shoulder when you need to cry. Becoming friends with other parents of kids with special needs was, by far, the best thing I ever did for myself and my family. They have been an invaluable resource and I can't imagine my life without them. It does get easier and everything is going to be OK.
Lisa is the mother of three children.
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