Hopefully, there are still a few of you out there that I didn’t scare off with my a-hole post over the weekend (just keepin’ it real, y’all!) If not, then I guess I’ll be hearing a lot of virtual crickets after this post, but I’m taking the chance, nonetheless, because I’ve got a job to do.
And I need your help.
A few months back, I was asked to speak to an Atlanta-area MOPS group about – what else? – special needs parenting. The demographics vary widely, but there are two things I know for certain: all of the attendees will be mothers, and they will have preschool-age children. I’ve had a number of ideas floating around in my head for awhile about what I would like to say, but I’m just now getting down to putting pen to paper (keyboard to Mac screen, but whatever…) It dawned on me this morning that what I need is some perspective. Perspective from people who look in on my life from the outside, but still know a thing or two about what it’s like to be me. Perspective from people who may have once thought I was a saint, or cursed, or – dare I say it? – special in some way, but have realized through this blog that I’m actually pretty ordinary. Perspective from people who are living the special needs parent lifestyle and see their own lives reflected in mine.
So, with that, I’ve got a few questions for you, my small-but-loyal band of readers. Answer anything you’re comfortable with answering from the list of questions below. You can put your answer in the comments, or if you prefer, email them directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Brutal honesty is welcomed, but not required.
- Before you knew anyone with a special needs child, what did you think about parents of special needs children? Did you think our lives were tragic/sad/depressing, or something else?
- What about now? What is your impression of what it is like to be a parent of children with special needs?
- What, if anything, have you learned from reading my blog? What has made you stop and think?
- How has your attitude changed since reading my blog and/or meeting me or my children?
- If you are a parent or family member of a child with special needs, what are some things you would like moms of typical children to know?
- If you are a parent or family member of a child with special needs, what are some things you wish the world could see when they look at you, your child, or your family?