To the special needs parent...

Francie Khalaf by Francie Khalaf Additional Needs

Francie Khalaf

Francie Khalaf

I am a wife and mother of two children with cerebral palsy. I believe in making lemonade out of lemons

To the special needs parent...

You are very much surrounded by a community of parents that understand your life.

You may feel alone but know there is a parent out there in your situation that is standing with you in solidarity.

Whatever you are feeling and going through, someone else has or is going through it.

YOU are doing a great job. YOU are making a difference in your child’s life.

It’s tough. It’s hard.

Sometimes you just need to cry, scream and eat a giant bag of chips.

I've been there just like you. Celebrate all your child’s triumphs, there are so many people that are celebrating with you.

Fight like hell for what you think is best for your child.

YOU are the expert in your child.

Experience things with your child and enjoy them.

Be a mom when you can.

Be a nurse when you need to and be a therapist when you have to.

You are exhausted. You are drained emotionally and physically.

There are days you wish you had a different life. I hear you.

Sometimes you feel as though you are the only one advocating and researching to make the best life for your child.

You are working a full time job being a special needs parent.

I see you but remember you are doing a GREAT job.

Parenting isn’t easy, no matter the situation you are in.

Every parent has hard days, every parent has days that they feel as though they aren’t a good parent.

Every parent feels that they can do more. It’s NORMAL. YOU are normal.

YOU just may have more on your plate.

I see you. I hear you. I feel you.

Reach out if you need help or someone to talk to.

Find something for YOU something that will help fill up your cup.

Find a hobby, however small and take time for you as often as possible.

I know you often live in survival mode but remember to take care of yourself so you can be the best version of yourself.

YOU matter.


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