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5 Quotes for Parents with Special Needs Children

Words can be extremely powerful. They can be your strength in a difficult time, your mantra when you need reminding, or a simple prompt to be thankful. I know parenting can be challenging, rewarding, exhausting, and so much more. My hope is these 5 quotes will provide you whatever you are needing today- comfort, a shift in perspective, solace that you are not alone, or a simple smile.

“Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have.  It’s about understanding that he is exactly the person he is supposed to be and that, if you’re lucky, he just might be the teacher who turns you into the person you are supposed to be”

- Joan Ryan

We all have expectations in life. We have expectations in our relationship, careers, and about parenthood. Sometimes those expectations can pigeonhole us into ways thinking or believing our lives “should” be. What if you threw your expectations out the window and lived the life you have right in front of you? Sometimes our children can be our most valuable teachers- follow their lead and live in this moment without expectations.

“In the neurodiversity model, there is no ‘normal’ brain sitting in a vat somewhere at the Smithsonian or National Institutes of Health to which all other brains must be compared”      

  -Thomas Armstrong

I love this quote! There is NO SUCH THING as normal. Could you imagine if there were a “normal” brain to compare every other brain to? Who would get to decide what constitutes normal and where would the line be drawn?

“Some of the most wonderful people are the ones that don’t fit into boxes”       

-Tori Amos

Could you imagine what kind of world we might live in today if Einstein, Van Gogh, and Mozart had fit into our tiny little “normal” boxes?

“Sometimes the things we can’t change end up changing us”

Certain things cannot be changed no matter how much time and energy we spend trying. Sometimes we have to accept and let go. Sometimes the most powerful thing we can do is shift our perspective.

"There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do."

- Dr. Temple Grandin

What CAN your child do?

Now I’d love to hear from you!

What quote stands out most to you and why? Comment below and let me know!

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