Parents of special needs children, take heart—parenting is just as joyful for you as it is for parents of what used to be called ‘normal’ children. What is normal? In today’s day and age, can we even define normal? Most likely, we absolutely can not. Children come from single parent homes just as often, or perhaps more often, than from traditional two-parent homes. They come from families with two mommies or two daddies, and they come from families where the children are essentially being raised by older brothers and sisters. In today’s world, all children have special needs; keep this in mind for parenting. Special needs can refer to anything from a physical handicap to a need to have someone sit beside him or her to keep them on-task in the classroom.
Not all kinds of special needs should be approached in the same way. Parents of children with special needs can join webrings on the Internet to gain support and valuable advice from parents who have children with the same needs as their own children do. There have never been so many children with special needs as there are now, but there have also never been so many options and directions in which to look when it comes to helping these children with special needs and helping the parents, educators, and family members who are trying to give these children all the support and love that they need.
If you are a parent with a child who has a very manageable amount of special needs, consider yourself thankful as there are many other parents out there whose children have much more complex cases than your children do. If you are a parent whose child has severe special needs, know that you will be blessed with the love of a child who needs you more than any other child ever could. This knowledge of the necessity of one’s love is one of the high points of parenting. Special needs children need our love and attention just as much as other kids do; in most cases they needed even a fraction more.
A child with special needs will inspire you the way that all children do. Again, perhaps they will inspire you more as you watch them overcome even greater obstacles than the ‘normal’ children have to in order to reach their lofty childhood dreams. A smile is a smile, a laugh is a laugh, and a tear is a tear. Special needs children love, laugh and cry as all children do, and they are a pleasure to know, as are all children on Earth.