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
- “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
- “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
- “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God.” ~ Helen Keller
- “I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” ~ Christopher Reeve
- “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
- “The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears.” ~ Ellen Goodman
- “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
- “Perseverance is not a long race. It is many short races one after another.” ~ W. Elliot
- “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
- “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” ~ Martina Navratilova
- “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
- “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
- “I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.” ~ Michael J. Fox
- “I choose not to place “DIS”, in my ability.” ~ Robert M. Hensel
- “Courage is being scared to death – and saddling up anyway!” ~ John Wayne
- “Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.” ~ Stevie Wonder
- “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” ~ Thomas Carlyle
- “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
- “What lies behind us & what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “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.