Monday, May 14, 2012
What I've learned about motherhood from my child with special needs
I wrote a guest post for the Huffington Post this weekend, part of a Mother's Day series. They asked me to write about what I know about motherhood from being a mom of a child with special needs. A snippet:
Perfection is in the eye of the beholder. Some people might look at my son and see a child who walks a little unsteadily at times, speaks unclearly and has trouble grasping things. Me, I see a child who miraculously walks, talks in his own way and does his best to make his hands work even though they're often tight from the cerebral palsy. I see the ability in his disabilities. I see Max, a child as perfect as any other—and, at times, as bratty as any other. (Hello: He's a kid with special needs, not a saint.)
You can read all of it here, at Huffington Post. And, yes, I included a couple of classic Max photos, including this—one of my all-time favorites.
If you have a chance, please also check out:
Today is No Mothers Day, Too: My post on Babble Voices about why 1000 women are going to die today, and how we can help.
The God Box: Lessons My Mom Taught Me About Life... After She Died: A beautiful, inspirational post by the author of a new book.