Inspiring Mothers of Special Need Children Amaze Me
Inspiring Mothers- It finally was a beautiful day here in Southern New England and I made myself get off the computer and go for a walk at a local track which I’ve been going to since I was in high school. It is a clay track and is much easier on the legs than regular paved tracks. I’m too afraid of big dogs to walk around in the neighborhood.
Upon my arrival I noticed a few mothers and children and more began to come. They were of all ages and were special need children. They often practice there for the Special Olympics. A few were close to me during the walk and the inspiring mothers seemed happy and encouraging their children to walk a little faster. Then they all got into a circle to stretch and began their competitions. Some were throwing balls and others walking.
I began to think of a dear friend of mine who has a special needs daughter. I don’t know how these moms do it. But I do know they all have a network. My friend has a large network on Facebook. She is able to connect with many other special need moms there and not have to worry about leaving the house and finding care for her daughter. You could tell by the group at the track today they knew each other well and could relate to one another. If you saw them without their children you would not know the strength they had carried to be these moms. All moms have a tough job but these inspiring moms have a super tough job.
It was estimated back in 2007 that 18.5 of children in the United States are of special need. That is about 1 in 5. It could be higher today in 2012. These are children who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. (According to the Campaign for Children’s Healthcare, 2007) .
I believe these parents and inspiring mothers need time to get away and be themselves. I know my dear friend does on occasion. They dearly love their children but are needed 24/7 for years beyond what other moms have to do. So this Mother’s Day if you know an inspiring mother with a special needs children give her a call, send an email or card and try to schedule time to give her attention that she rarely gives herself.
Do you know other online networks that special need moms are part of ?