Ever feel that fellow parents have no idea of what your life is like as the mom of a kid with special needs, for better or worse? Here's your chance to help.
For a major story in Parents' magazine spring 2014 issue, they're conducting a survey of two groups of moms: those whose children have special needs and those who do not.
The editors are looking closely at both groups' attitudes about the issue of special needs, particularly how they affect our children socially and in school. They also want to better understand how both groups of moms understand and relate to one another. The ultimate goal is empathy and understanding, which of course will benefit all kids (and us moms).
The survey should take about 30 minutes and includes open-ended questions, which means you get to express your opinions and describe your experiences in detail.
Just a few requirements from the Parents peeps:
• Moms only, please, ages 18 to 65
• Your child with special needs must be between 3 to 12 years of age. (If you have other children outside that range, that's fine.)
• You cannot take the survey if you work in the fields of education, healthcare or pharmaceuticals (because several survey questions touch on those topics).
The survey is open through Sunday, October 27; click to take the one for parents of kids with special needs. (The survey for the other group of moms is done.)