by Suzanne Perryman
I am a special needs mom. And I have secrets. Things I don’t talk about and stuff that other moms don’t know or may have forgotten along the way.
- Special needs moms are lonely. I yearn for more time with friends and family. Authentically, I have a positive attitude and most often you see me smiling. I may even look like I have this Supermom thing down, am super busy and have enough help, but I am lonely. Being a special needs mom doesn’t leave me the time to nurture and maintain the relationships I really need. I could get super detailed here about the hands-on caring for my child (Do you remember when your kids were toddlers? That hovering thing you had to do? It’s that plus some.) The plus-some includes spreading my mom love around to my other child and my husband, who on a daily basis are put on hold, waiting for my attention. I don’t have much time to call or email my friends and even family — and if they don’t call or email me, well then I feel massive guilt about the time that has passed. More negative stuff that I pile on my shoulders. Getting out is tough. I really miss the days when I had playgroups with other moms, open-house style, dropping in and drinking coffee at a friend’s kitchen table with my child playing nearby.
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