You Are Growing

You Are Growing

If there were growth charts for parents of children with special needs, the first percentile would represent shock, denial, doubt in your ability to handle such and overwhelming challenge.  Maybe, at one time, you were off the bottom of that particular chart.

But with time, you passed that first percentile, then the fifth, growing a little steadier, then the tenth, growing a little stronger.  Somewhere around the 50th percentile, you found acceptance of your child's disabilities; around the 60th, the ability to enjoy your child's unique gifts.

As you grow in knowledge of and advocacy for your child's special needs, you are growing in other ways too - in patience, in tolerance, in spirituality.  There may be plateaus and fallbacks, but your personal growth is nonetheless dazzling.

by Terri Mauro

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