I woke up this morning in such a blue mood ~ life can't be all sweetness and light you know! I then proceeded to write down my thoughts and you will find these below, written in black! I certainly succeeded in making myself feel worse and the day was deteriorating quickly; and it was only 8am!
I thought to myself "hang on a minute, forget the pity party, turn this around and remember the positive". So here I go.........
HOW DO THE PARENTS (as in me!) OF A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD FEEL?
I have been thinking about this a lot......
On the bright side, it's good to think, write and get those feelings out!
What do you think Psychminded?
What do school holidays mean to the parent of a child with special needs?
This is a tough one! Realistically speaking, children with special needs require a lot of time and energy. I really miss having time to *myself*. On the bright side, it's lovely to slow down and have that extra time to spend with the kids
How do they feel when their friends are having family holidays?
On the bright side, you make a plan to have your own family holiday!
How do they feel when they see and hear neurotypical kids having neurotypical fun?
On the bright side, you rejoice the innocence, the laughter and the normality of it all!
How do they feel when they miss out on an invite because of their child?
On the bright side, you come to terms with the fact that your priorities have changed!
How do they feel when they accept an invite, but by choice leave their child at home?
On the bright side, you know that you have left your child in capable hands and it is good for you to have some 'normal' time!
How do the parents of special needs children feel when people are unkind about their situation?
On the bright side, you dump those people who are a waste of head space!
How do they feel when people actually don't take into account their situation?
On the bright side, you realise that they don't live your situation so therefore, they don't understand your situation!
I am sure that Mr and Mrs Joe Public have NO idea what having a special needs child entails!
On the bright side...... hmmmm, I can't answer this one just yet ~ however, I certainly wouldn't wish for them to be in the same situation!
How do they feel when frowned upon by Joe Public?
On the bright side, you learn that by being gracious you win friends, sympathy and understanding (even though you may be secretly wishing that their pubic hair is infested by 1000 camel fleas!) hee hee! :)
What are their pet hates and what to do about them!
No bright side for this one. My pet hate is when people speak to Nick like he is a toddler ~ get a grip people, look at the kid, he is going to be 13 next year!
Enough already. Short post. Light post. Am still chuckling over the camel fleas! Life is good ~ 80% of the time!
My two kids just chilling!