Being a parent to a child with special needs is no easy feat. Parenting is a challenge in itself, but when it comes to guiding a special needs child, there are some experiences that are downright different, not to mention hard. One mommy blogger took to Facebook to shed some light on the special kinds of struggles parents of special needs children can face, and how important it is for all us to be there to help.
While at a children’s play palace, the mommy blogger for “40 Wishes and Counting” noticed another mom having a hard time getting her child to go down the slide.
“She had been in there for hours and was trying everything she could think of to get her son out of there. He wasn't coming down.”
Instead of avoiding the situation or wondering why this mom was having such a hard time controlling her own child, she offered the exhausted mother some words of kindness.
“I smiled and told her what a good mom she was and I admired her.
True. He wasn't listening but I could tell he was special needs in the way she spoke to him and he responded. She had so much patience and strength.”
As soon as the mommy blogger realized that the child was special needs, she had even more respect for the mother, as she could see how much patience she was showing during such a tough time.
The patient mom was more used to sideways glances, whispers, and people staring, rather than offering words of love and kindness. She was taken aback by what happened next.
“Later we tried to get my kids to coax him into leaving. I even suggested to mom we can bribe him with a later play date. With tears in her eyes, she said thank you. She told me most moms look at her like she has a disease.”
While the mommy blogger’s actions touched the woman’s heart, things became even more amazing after that.
“The next thing we knew other kids in the play area were offering up help.
Kids are amazing.” more children from the play area started working together to help the young boy come down from the slide. “Eventually she was able to get him out praising him on his good choices.”
This mommy blogger hopes that her story will help to remind other parents to be kind and free of judgment when it comes to challenging situations. You never know what another mom or dad is going through, especially when it comes to guiding special needs children.
She ends her post with these words of wisdom: “So next time a mama is struggling... think about it.
Think about what you would want to hear in that instant.
Think of the courage it took.
Think. Then offer kindness.
It matters. Every little bit matters.”
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