Notwithstanding the fact that I've sworn off reading "special needs blogs" - this essay written by the father of a child who is severely developmentally delayed is an excellent read, in my opinion.
The Absence of Normal Frees Us
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
One of the special needs blogs that I've been reading is written by a mom whose son is making the transition from being a child with special needs to being an adult with special needs. She discusses the many issues faced by parents of older children with special needs. It's an excellent resource and very well written, however, I've come to the conclusion that I can't read it anymore. In fact, I need to stop reading all solely "special needs" focused blogs. I'm left feeling like a complete failure for all I don't do for Jack (some of these parents are definitely "super" parents) or I'm depressed as hell at what the future holds. Sometimes, it's all just too much to think about. I prefer the head in the sand approach.
So, my blog roll is now a few blogs shorter, but I already feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Does that make sense?
I still love to follow the blogs of my friends and fellow trach moms. I love their humor and I enjoy keeping up with what's going on with them and with all their kids. I love reading how they find balance in this crazy life, I love reading about the progress their incredibly "special" kids make and I love seeing their pictures. They make me laugh, they make me cry and most of all they make me feel like I'm not alone. I love all these ladies!
On a completely different note, we went to Eric's "meet the teacher" tonight and checked out Eric's classroom and schedule. One of Eric's subjects this year is Mandarin. They are teaching the kids Mandarin! How cool is that?!
Now, it's time to get my medically fragile, special needs, happy, loving and absolutely wonderful young man ready for bed!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Along the same lines as my "Where is the Book" post, below is the link to a recent article published in Good Housekeeping that was written by the brother/brother-in-law of parents of two children with special needs. Kuddos to Good Housekeeping for giving space to a story about special needs issues - something you rarely read about in mainstream magazines. What a special person the author is to not only "get it", but to also share his feelings about it.