Here are 20 thoughts that have frequently traveled through my mind.
- Did I do something to make you this way?
- Why does everyday have to be so tough?
- Will this ever get any easier?
- Who doesn’t like socks? I love wearing socks.
- Who doesn’t like underwear? I mean, we are all supposed to wear underwear right?
- Maybe the diagnosis is wrong.
- Maybe someone can fix him.
- I need him to sleep. He never sleeps, and I am so tired.
- I can try that new diet I read about and take all the food dyes out, but that seems like a lot of work. I wonder if it would be worth it.
- It is hard enough to worry about a kid with no issues; this is freaking exhausting.
- Go ahead and stare at my kid as he screams in the store. You have no idea what our life is like.
- Will he get married?
- Will he always need me?
- What happens when I’m gone?
- He is hilarious. I wonder if he knows how funny he is?
- How did I get so lucky to get this little dude?
- I couldn’t love him anymore; he fills up my heart.
- They keep talking about medicating my son, maybe they should medicate me.
- Tomorrow is a new day.
- You can’t fix what isn’t broken. So I guess I will keep doing what I’m doing and know that he was made exactly the way he was supposed to be.
Being a parent is the most difficult job on the planet. Not many people would argue that. However, being a parent to a child with “different needs” takes the game to a different playing field. Each day brings new surprises and trials. Each day brings disaster and hope. Each day is a good day, because we are still alive to enjoy it. Parenting is tough no matter what. The journey is different for all of us, and magically a lot of it is the same. It is a fantastic feeling to be able to relate to each other. It is so nice to know that we aren’t alone. I am sure that most of you have had some of my thoughts with your children, even if they don’t have “different needs.”
*This post was originally published on POPSUGAR*