As a special needs parent (I am referring to myself, not my son) there are many many things I will never say. I believe most parents like me speak in ‘code’.
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone with this. I will never tell you that today I cried. I will tell you “It was a tough day today”
I will ask you to swing by the house, only if you are passing. I will never tell you that today I got a phone call to let me know that my son has showed a decline in his mobility and cognitive abilities. I will tell you “he is holding his own” I will never tell you that Ethan has a test coming up, which has me awake most nights;
I will tell you Ethan has a hospital appointment soon, I may even ask if you could watch my other two boys so D and I could both attend. I will never tell you that the school rang with another behaviour issue which made me feel like a sh***y mother. I will tell you I’m a little cranky today, bear with me. I will never tell you the real reason I don’t sleep at night.
I will never tell you that I don’t want to hear about how great your child is and how much they are thriving. I will smile and cheer along; I do care, just somedays it’s harder to look past everything my child can’t do and won’t ever do. I will never tell you that today I just needed a friend, a helping hand. I will tell you, “Call up and we’ll have a chat!”
For me; it’s easier to. It’s hard to be totally honest with your friends and family. It’s even harder to be honest with those who actually want to help and give you some form of support. The truth is, parents like me don’t want to be a burden we don’t want to have to ask for help and we sure as hell don’t want to be pitied. Well, what do we want? For you to look.
You’ll see exactly want we need in that moment during that visit. A simple little thing like a cup of coffee can go a long way! Get to know our special little ones, so that when you do offer to babysit, we are happy to take you up on the offer. Visit us. Bear with us as we try to converse, please never feel that you are in the way, sometimes we forget how to be an adult and may speak to you in one or two word sentences.
And do talk, talk about your worries, your fears and your relationships and your wonderful children – this for me, (personally) makes me feel just like you - a mom, a friend, a sister, a partner.
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