Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday: Parenting Extraordinary Children

When you start any journey, you look into the future with expectations. Sometimes, those expectations are filled with excitement or anxiety, maybe even both. Starting the journey of parenting a child with special needs is no exception.  

So there's times you feel the grief. That sting when a parent of a typically developing child has joys from milestones your child may never achieve. Other parents may even recognize your grief, your jealous, your struggles. They see you choke back that lump in your throat and smile for their joys. They may even take the time to try to give you their version of condolences. Or perhaps, they just remind you of how "strong" you are and that they could "never do what you do." 

 And when somebody tells you they "do not know how you do it", they don't realize you have the greatest inspiration of all. And sure, it's not easy, but it's worth it. It's worth it to experience every second of unconditional love that's given. It's worth it to be inspired by an extraordinary individual. It's worth it to experience a whole new world. 

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