I am a married mom of two girls (my heart and soul) who have special needs of varying degrees. They inspire me every single day. I work full time in the corporate world, but am a Licensed Master Social Worker by trade – you’d think if anyone could navigate services with ease, I could. You’d be wrong.
Parent Connections Make a Difference
The idea for Tumble into Love came from my connection with an informal network of parents. In this case, my daughter participates in our local chapter of Special Olympics. The team meets weekly at a local high school. As a result, each week parents wait for their kids in the school cafeteria and chat over coffee. (very large cups of coffee). [As a side note, if you’ve never watched a Special Olympics event, I highly recommend you do.]
I have learned more from this informal network about how to navigate the special needs lifestyle than from any case manager or medical professional. Two hours each week we find common ground, help each other adapt, and consequently, I’ve found some similarities, in that we….
- Make modifications
- Try new interventions
- Back-up plan
- Don’t sleep
- Worry about the future
- Research latest therapies and techniques
- Raise awareness & take action
- Are fierce.
- Are fragile.
- Aren’t perfect
- Share many of the same struggles
- Pick our battles.
- Did I mention we plan?
We Share Experiences
Yes, I am a parent first, however, parenting a child with special needs can be vastly different than typical parenting. Consequently, we often find it hard to find common ground with typical parents. Not to mention, in a world filled with perfectionism and condemnation by keyboard cowboys, I don’t always want to share our family moments on Facebook. I can’t vent about a sleepless night, lest I have a slew of posters who tell me how I need to employ better discipline. I don’t want to talk about Easters without candy, or how hard it is to find toys for my pre-teen who still loves Doc McStuffins. Special needs parenting requires us to adapt and modify our ideals about how to raise children.
Tumble into Love is for every parent who lives the special needs life – a place where we can share and learn from each other in order to live our best lives.