"Grieving the loss of a child is a process, it begins the day your child passes and ends the day the parent joins them."

Monday, November 23, 2009

10 Reasons to Give Thanks for Your Special Needs Child.

I found the following while on Twitter this morning. Being this is the week of Thanksgiving. I thought I'd share with you all.

You never have to worry about worrying over nothing.
Let other parents obsess over the frivolous and the shallow. Your child will make sure you always have something worthy to worry about.

2. Developmental delays = more years of hugs, kisses, and little-kid sweetness. What mom of a sullen teen doesn't secretly wish for the same?

3. Maybe someday, Ty Pennington will come build you a house.
Hey, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition loves families of children with special needs. Your little one may be your ticket to a lavish living space.

4. Any little milestone is a cause to throw a party. Your child works hard for every step, sit-up and syllable, giving you lots to be excited about.

5. Every day is a learning experience. Some days it's a pop quiz, some days it's a crash course, but life with your child is always an education, for sure.

6. You have the privilege of putting several doctors' children through college. After paying for all those appointments, you may feel like a one-family scholarship foundation. Put your child's name on some letterhead and take pride.

7. You meet a better class of parent in waiting rooms and support groups. Your child frees you from having to hang out with those snotty parents on the playground, and gives you entry into an exclusive club of people who are sensitive, sarcastic, and sure of their priorities.

8. You have an iron-clad escape excuse for any occasion. You'd love to stay at that boring party, crowded event, endless church service, but, you know, your child just can't tolerate it. (And if sometimes it's you who can't tolerate it -- who's to know?)

9. Coming up with new strategies every day keeps your brain sharp. They say doing crossword puzzles helps ward off Alzheimer's. Figuring out your child's schedules and treatments and lessons and rights and restrictions must easily provide twice the protection.

10. Your blessings will always be fully counted. Other parents may take the gifts that their children bring for granted. Not you. Not ever.



my family said...

Oh, I love this, it is so very true isn't? Can I please steal??? :) Happy thanksgiving

Unknown said...

Feel free to steal this!!! I found it online so, it's up for grabs here too :o)

Lacey said...

That is the best 10 things ever. When Ray was saying he's to old to adopt another baby. I said honey, we'll have Jax forever so we will never be child free. We get to keep Jax in our house forever!

The VW's said...

Perfectly said! Thanks for sharing!

Regina said...

Oh my!! I'm still laughing! Thanks so much for sharing! These are so true! I'm going to share it on my blog!

Stephanie said...

Amen Amen!!!!!

Shari said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Kristin said...

Love it!!

ParkerMama said...

Love. it! I may steal it too!

M.Hilton said...

that's great! made me smile - love it!

Cheryl said...

Oh,these are great!! Thanks!

Tina said...

What a great list....isn't it just wonderful what we have. Love it, thanks for sharing

Sasha@ Blyssfulhealth said...

I love it.

My name is Sarah said...

This is Joyce. How beautiful this is. Thank you for sharing.