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In honor of Mother’s Day, I asked special needs moms on my Special Needs Survival page to share with me pictures of their kids as well as their thoughts about Mother’s Day, in relation to special needs parenting. I loved what they had to say about what Mother’s Day means to them. I hope that their words will encourage you as you mother your special needs children.
“Raising a child with special needs does not take a special family. It makes a family special.”
Mason has changed our entire family’s lives, and brought so much happiness and understanding to everyone including his brother, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We are better people because of our Mason man.
Mother’s Day has evolved so much since my first one after the diagnosis. Today it is filled with gratitude for the completely unexpected life I have because of Henry. He woke up part of me that I didn’t know existed.
Mother’s Day means a day of ” letting the house go” and “the laundry can wait” and the couch is our favorite spot, for the day. I wish other moms knew not to judge and would read more about special needs children and issues. You never know when you will encounter a meltdown over the smallest thing or see angry protests and cries about just where to put their book bag away. It’s a struggle. I don’t want sympathy, but just want non-judgment.
Mother’s Day in the life of a special needs child isn’t just a one day celebration… it’s celebrated everyday with every little accomplishment made… It’s not easy that’s for sure. Blood, sweat, and lots of tears… my world revolves around him and his happiness. That’s all that matters to me. He is what keeps me going…
My sweet Logan. Can’t handle the loud noises, so he’s got his headphones on. Some days are harder than others, and some days I feel like a failure not only to my son with autism, but to my other 2 children as well. Then you take a step back, look at all the accomplishments, hurdles faced and conquered, and count the MANY blessings in your life! I’m beyond proud of all 3 of children and I wouldn’t trade this life for anything in the world! I can only speak for myself, but I wish other parents would teach their children about acceptance and understanding. Not all disabilities are visible. Befriend EVERYBODY. Include EVERYONE. Different is NOT less!!
Mother’s Day with my son means the world to me because for many years I have suffered from poly cystic ovarian disease and was told by many specialists that I would not be able to have children. So when the news arrived that I was pregnant with a baby boy cried with joy. We had a great pregnancy but a tragic delivery, which caused both of us to have nerve damage. Besides his physical handicap he was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2. I’ve kept him in therapy & IEP in hopes for his childhood will be as normal as possible. I’ve been very fortunate that he is high functioning, and he has great personality & sense of humor. I was blessed to have this angel in my life. I wouldn’t want it any other way. God is Great!
My youngest one of my miracles, she’s hearing impaired and has Nikolaidis Barrister syndrome. My son, one of my other miracles, has autism, ADD, ADHD, Aggression Disorder, Emotional Disorder, and mild Intellectual Developmental Disorder. Mother’s Day with all four of my kids means the world to me. Being a special needs mama isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. They are God’s special child, and I thank God daily for my kids.
Hannah is my girl. RETT Syndrome, epilepsy, PICA, global developmental delay.
I mourn for what should’ve been, rejoice for her accomplishments, love the beautiful young lady she has become and live in the moment.
She is a ray of sunshine. I am blessed to be her mother. Just as I am blessed to be her two brothers’ mother.
As she grows and matures, my motherly role changes too, just as any mothers does. But, the dependence she has on me, will always be there. Although, I want her to strive for independence, just like all mothers desire for their child.
Mother’s Day with my little Landon has so much more meaning to me now. It has been a rough and difficult time but I wouldn’t change it for the world. He is such a smart loving little boy. He keeps me pushing forward if he can do it so can I! I wouldn’t change it for anything and he makes my days so much brighter!
Not recent but one of my favorites. My wedding day with my special.
Mother’s Day means so much more to me because as his mother, I am his voice. I am his advocate. He has taught me so much more than I could ever teach him. I have four children all together and so far Jacob is my one special needs baby. This journey has taught me extreme patience and understanding like no other.
My son, Dakota, is the most awesome guy I know. He has autism and we have been each other’s rock for almost 18 years.
She loves unconditionally and has such a pure, sincere heart of gold! She’s my hero.