In fact, there may be parts of you that feel completely traumatized and broken. Like the part of you that is still grieving over the idea of “normal” (whatever that is) and how it’s something your family may never experience. Or the part of you that gets so angry it just wants to scream when it remembers how frustrating it is to see little to no progress in your child’s educational gains year after year. And, of course, the part of you that feels incredibly alone in this experience, because your friends and family with neurotypical kids just don’t get it and probably never will.
Let’s not minimize: those parts of you are carrying an enormous amount of responsibility and an even bigger amount of emotional strain. You probably spend significant energy trying to ignore or push down those emotions, because you simply don’t have time to feel – and besides, it’s your child that matters more, right?
I hear you, and I get it. Mothers in general tend to put themselves dead last – and much more so when they are mothers of children with special needs. But, in doing so, moms may also rob themselves of some key things that they not only need, but deserve