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Marissa Sweat Evans by Marissa Sweat Evans Additional Needs

Marissa Sweat Evans

Marissa Sweat Evans

I am a mother and advocate for my son as well as others with disabilities. My oldest was diagnosis with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.

Sometimes as parents of children with special needs we get so caught up caring for the child who rely on us for everything and forget we have other kids too.

Well I wouldn’t say forget but we figure since their able to do for themselves they don’t need us as much.

As a parent that has other children as well as my son who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism I sometimes forget they need me just as much as he does.

I try my best to make sure that I give them just as much attention as I give my son, but the truth is its not easy.

I always feel guilty about not being able to do as much with them as I would like to especially with them being girls.

And although it doesn’t seem to bother them because their response is always at least we get to do things it really does bother me.

Whenever we go out, I always must consider what can we do that Jaylen can be included in.

His favorite thing is water, amusement park rides and riding go carts.

So that’s where we spend a lot of our time at.

We’ve tried different things that really interest my girls, but my son has meltdowns because it’s not something he want to do so we end up leaving.

Which is not fair to my girls, but I swear their the most understanding.

Even when I say well, we will leave Jaylen and Daddy home so we can do something that you guys want to do they’ll rather do something where we all can be together.

So, most times when I do get to spend time with them outside of homework it’s at night. Because Jaylen is usually in the bed at 7.

I love watching television with them and catching up on shows they like.

We talk about school while commercial breaks are on and whatever else is on their mind.

I found out my oldest daughter favorite television show is Fuller House and as a child one of my favorite shows was Full House. Pretty cool right!

Its important that we give all of our children our time even if you have to find time in between time to give it time.


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