20 Quotes to Encourage Special Needs Moms (and Dads)

You’ve developed the strength of a draft horse while holding onto the delicacy of a daffodil … you are the mother, advocate and protector  of a child with a disability.” ~ Lori Borgman

“You’ve developed the strength of a draft horse while holding onto the delicacy of a daffodil … you are the mother, advocate and protector of a child with a disability.” ~ Lori Borgman

A friend of mine is facing several upcoming appointments with the Developmental Pediatrician for 2 of her children. She’s on that never ending journey that Moms of Special Needs children are on to provide the best care for their children. It’s a winding path with lots of dead ends, twists & turns. She’s feeling discouraged and a little overwhelmed, not just with the fight with the outside (doctors, therapists, mountains of repetitive paperwork), but the internal fight of  “did I miss something… if only I was a better mom”.

So I decided to do a post of quotes to encourage her and any other moms along this path. Sometimes the best thing you can do for a mom in this situation is walk along side them and listen and encourage and then listen some more. By doing that, you let them know that, at least in this moment, they are not alone.

20 Quotes to Encourage Special Needs Moms

  1. “The more I read and the more I talked to other parents of children with disabilities and normal children, the more I found that feelings and emotions about children are very much the same in all families. The accident of illness or disability serves only to intensify feelings and emotions, not to change them.”  ~  Judith Weatherly
  2. “You’ve developed the strength of a draft horse while holding onto the delicacy of a daffodil … you are the mother, advocate and protector of a child with a disability.” ~ Lori Borgman
  3. “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God.” ~ Helen Keller
  4. “I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”  ~ Christopher Reeve
  5. “I was slightly brain damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn’t let a disability get in the way. I want to raise awareness – I want to turn my disability into ability.” ~  Susan Boyle
  6. “The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears.” ~ Ellen Goodman
  7. “I put up a huge wall of denial. It was years before I was able to break through it… accepting that your child has a disability, especially one like LD that cannot be seen or easily diagnosed, is one of the hardest things to come to terms with.” ~ Anne Ford
  8. “Perseverance is not a long race. It is many short races one after another.”  ~ W. Elliot
  9. “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me with so much.” ~ Mother Teresa
  10. “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” ~ Martina Navratilova
  11. “It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand, you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid.”  ~ Susan Hampshire
  12. “Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” ~  Christopher Reeves
  13. “I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”  ~ Michael J. Fox
  14. “I choose not to place “DIS”, in my ability.”  ~ Robert M. Hensel
  15. “Courage is being scared to death – and saddling up anyway!” ~ John Wayne
  16. “Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.” ~  Stevie Wonder
  17. “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” ~  Thomas Carlyle
  18. “I have had this desire my whole life to prove people wrong, to show them I could do things they didn’t think I could do.” ~ David A. Paterson
  19. “What lies behind us & what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. “Children remind us to treasure the smallest of gifts, even in the most difficult times.” ~ Allen Klein

Is there a Special Needs Mom (or Dad) you know that could use some support and encouragement? Feel free to share these quotes with them. Many families with special needs children walk a very lonely road. Reaching out to share just a little encouragement will go a long way.

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    • Jennifer says

      As mentioned by other parents and Dee above, I am also a parent of a special needs child and find the words very encouraging. Thank you so much for posting, Stephanie.

  1. says

    The quotes are very heartwarming. We are currently opening a school for people with special needs and we can use this quotes to encourage them thanks!

  2. Evelyn Guzman says

    Hi, I am a mom of a special needs child who is 27yrs. with MR, brain damaged seizure disorder, cebralpasy, a feeding tube, just lost his vision from his left eye due to Steven johnson syndrome, it hasnt been easy for us and it is only by God’s grace that I continue to stay strong for my Angel in spite of it all he smiles, alwsys at me he dont speak but I know his every need wete bless to have eachother….

    • Gina says

      Dear Evelyn, I too have a severely handicapped 24 year old daughter and after reading your post started to cry, even though my girl cannot talk I too know all her needs and understand everything she needs, Even though many special parents don’t say it , it’s an extremely difficult and sad situation, at least this is the way I feel. Thanks for sharing your post. Gina B

  3. Stephanie says

    Evelyn – what a blessing you are to your son and an encouragement to other moms out there! I have 2 nephews with special needs and their moms are angels just like you. Thank you for sharing your story.

  4. Lesley Holmes says

    Great quotes. I make Facebook posts by adding appropriate pics to the quotes and put them on our Special Kids Need Special People page.

    • says

      Dolly – I’m so glad these quotes inspired you. Thanks for taking the time to comment and let me know. I may do a second set of quotes to encourage Special Needs parents as this post has really seemed to connect with a lot of people.

      • Yvette says

        It’s tough at times , but I try my best to accept the things I can’t change , I love my daughter so much . Reading these quotes today made me feel better .

        • says

          Sorry I’m so late in replying but thank you so much for your comments, Yvette. I’m so glad I could encourage you. This post and these comments encourage me to keep blogging! So thank you too!

      • Ilan says

        Thanks for the heart touching quotes! it’s inspire me a lot. I am a father of a 6 year old special needs child.


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