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Top 20 Reasons Moms of Kids With Special Needs ROCK

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Love That Max's Ellen S breaks it down:

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1) Because we never thought that "doing it all" would mean doing this much. But we do do it all -- and then some.

2) Because we've discovered patience we never knew we had.

3) Because we are willing to do something 10 times, 100 times or 1,000 times if that's what it takes for our kids to learn something new.

4) Because we have heard doctors tell us the worst, and we've refused to believe them. Take THAT, naysaying doctors of the world!

5) Because we have bad days and breakdowns and bawl-fests, and then we pick ourselves up and keep right on going.

6) Because we gracefully handle the stares, the comments, the rude remarks. (Well, mostly gracefully.)

7) Because we manage to get ourselves together and get out the door looking pretty damn good. Heck, we even make sweatpants look good!

8) Because we are strong. Man, are we strong. Who knew we could be this strong?

9) Because we aren't just moms, wives, cooks, cleaners, chauffeurs and women who work. We are moms, wives, cooks, cleaners, chauffeurs, women who work, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, researchers, nurses, coaches and cheerleaders. Whew!

10) Because we work overtime every single day.

11) Because we also worry overtime, but we work it through. Or we eat chocolate or Pirate's Booty or gourmet cheese (which aren't reimbursable by insurance as mental-health necessities, but should be).

12) Because we are more selfless than other moms. Our kids need us more.

13) Because we give our kids with special needs endless love, and then we still have so much love left for our other kids, our husbands, our families. And our hairstylists, of course.

14) Because we inspire one another in this crazy blogosphere every single day.

15) Because we understand our kids better than anyone else -- even if they can't talk; even if they can't gesture; even if they can't look us in the eye. We know. We just know.

16) Because we never stop pushing for our kids.

17) Because we never stop hoping for them, either.

18) Because just when it seems like things are going OK, they're suddenly not OK, but we deal. Somehow, we always deal -- even when it seems like our heads or hearts might explode.

19) Because when we look at our kids, we just see great kids -- not kids with cerebral palsy/autism/Down syndrome/developmental delays/whatever.

20) Because ... well, you tell me.

Courtesy: Love That Max.

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106 comments so far | Post a comment now
Michelle May 5, 2010, 12:58 PM

Because our special needs children have taught us lessons far more valuable than anything we could ever teach them.

Yaakov's Mom May 5, 2010, 1:04 PM

20. Because we know ourselves well enough to trust our gut instincts.

(#15. is so true!)

Jenn E May 5, 2010, 1:30 PM

Because we turn No into Yes at IEP’s.

HeatherM May 5, 2010, 1:39 PM

20. Because every time someone whispers about our parenting skills, we know in our hearts that no one else could be a better mother to our children.

Kelly D May 5, 2010, 1:46 PM

Because we have learned to find the humor in the things that would make lesser people cry!

Bonnie k. Miller May 5, 2010, 1:50 PM

because we love…with everything we have in us…so deep we feel our childs needs within our own soul….and we try with all our might to me that need ALL the TIME!

AuMom May 5, 2010, 3:10 PM

Because we will forever advocate for our kids, as long as they need us to, no matter how old they get.

Julie May 5, 2010, 3:46 PM

Because not only do we teach our children everyday, we get to teach everyone who is so lucky to have our children touch their lives too.

angie May 5, 2010, 4:21 PM

Because we(Can)and so we{Will}Do “Whatever it Takes”

Kari May 5, 2010, 5:31 PM

Because we have opened our hearts enough to know that our kids have taught us more than we will ever teach them! (I love you sons! You are my best teachers!)

Ellen  May 5, 2010, 6:02 PM

These are amazing responses! Writing this post felt great, but seeing everyone weigh in is even better. WE ROCK!

Anon May 5, 2010, 6:17 PM

Because you always want praise and people to kiss your butt.

Heather May 5, 2010, 6:17 PM

Because we will never take “no” for answer if it means getting our children the help they need to succeed in life.

DQ May 5, 2010, 6:34 PM

I love this list, thank you for posting this.

jenn May 5, 2010, 6:36 PM

because it takes a very special mom to be a “special needs mom” and God (or whoever it is you believe in)must think A LOT of us to give us a child who is going to need that much more patience, that much more understanding and that much more time….

ALL moms rock…..but we rock to a special beat - the beat we all learned in Holland!

nick's mom May 5, 2010, 6:41 PM

Becauase our children work “harder” than we ever knew possible! And make us sooo proud!! (I admire my two year more than any adult I know!!)

darlene May 5, 2010, 6:43 PM

Because our children work “harder” than we ever knew possible! And make us sooo proud!! (I admire my two year more than any adult I know!!)

Paula May 5, 2010, 6:56 PM

We know how to truly appreciate and celebrate our children’s accomplishments because we understand how hard they work to overcome their challenges.

Lynne May 5, 2010, 7:28 PM

Because most of the time, we don’t think we’re doing anything that makes us special. We just do it because to us there is no option to not do what we do.

TomPier May 6, 2010, 7:08 AM

great post as usual!

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