From the article: Ten Reasons to Give Thanks for Your Child With Special Needs
I've shared some reasons to give thanks for children with special needs -- now it's your turn! What makes you thankful about your child, or about your experience of special-needs parenting? Whether serious, silly, or sentimental, your thanks here will be a public testimony to our children's worth, something the wider world sometimes has trouble appreciating. Share Your Gratitude
They teach us so much
- I am greatful everyday for my 12 year old boy/girl twins. My son has cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and a seizure disorder rendering him unable to walk and non-verbal but boy is he special. He is such a happy loving boy and his eyes tell all. No matter how many times I feel I have failed as a parent or that I could do more he loves me anyway and I do all I can. He teaches people so much, he certainly has taught me alot. His sister is great she is such a loving, caring and grown up young lady. I love them with all of my heart.
Every day is Thanksgiving
- I am thankful for every single day with my precious daughter. We were told she would likely not live to see her 1st birthday and we are closing in fast on her 4th, each moment is a gift from God.
- —Guest Michelle
Blessed to have inspiration
- It truly is a blessing to share our stories of pride, love, sometimes a little frustration, but always compassionate feelings toward our special children! I love Kira, my 4 yr old with DS, so much that my heart aches and swells with the joy that God has given my family. I've learned more about myself than ever before! I am so thankful to experince life with her and I will continue to pray for each family member who has similar challenges to face. But take heart, because within every special challenge there lies a unique gift that can be shared to inspire us all!
- —Guest DonT
thankful for my special needs child
- I will never have to worry about my son hurting anyone or anything. He will always love me. He will always smile and worry about nothing. My son will never get a DUI.
- —Guest marcena k
Proud of my baby
- I am the mother of a sweet little four years old baby girl. She has taught me so many things about life. After her arrival I have changed a lot, now am a more calm person. she is always smiling and that gives us courage to overcome all obstacles in our path. Am so proud to be the mother of Medhavi.
- —Guest sharmila
share your gratitude
- Grateful for grandson Jake he is 9 and has autism. He is nonverbal. He says love you with his smile and eyes. Home is empty without him, he has been with me 6 years now. Sometimes he does something that I should be angry like blowing a packet of flour or get coated in my face cream but then I remember my nephew who had spinal injury, over 50,000 pounds was spent and nothing could be done so what is 17 cents for a packet of flour as long he is not hurt. Smile and when you remember smile again!!!
- My 8-year-old son has a beautiful and loving spirit. Like most kids with special needs, he works his tail off to get through that curtain that stands between him and the world. I'm so proud of how far he's come because I know that he's worked so hard to get there.
- —Guest Jackie
My Special Girl
- My daughter is 11 years old and has overcome so many obstacles. I am so thankful for my girl; she truly is a blessing! She keeps me grounded, focused, learning, caring, patient, and kind. Where would I be without her? I am all those things listed above but she has instilled those things deeply within me. I see the world clearer and understand my purpose in life so much more. My girl does the funniest things possible and what she sometimes says makes you stop and wonder where did that just come from. It is awesome to see her grow and prove others wrong about her. Doctors said she would never be able to do anything and yet she has come so far. She is able to walk, talk, dress herself, feed herself, make choices for herself, do homework, read, write, play, and is interested in sports!! Sometimes we are the most optomistic people in the world because we know what our children can accomplish; even if it is minute things. Thanks to all for praising every milestone reached and for believing!!
- —Guest lele
Thankful for my Nazareth
- I show and tell my eight year old boy everyday how thank full I am for having him in my life. Because of my child, I have become a better parent, friend, and co-worker. Parents with Special needs children are truly bless if the child is loved and understood.
- —Guest Francis
- I use to dream of this baby girl who was tiny and different.Then she was sent to me my beautiful daughter. She is eighteen now, I love her with all my heart !!!!!!!!!!
- —Guest mom
- i am so thankful for Gabreial he is the love of my life always in my mind and heart.
- —Guest juanita
Special needs child
- I have learned as an parent of a special needs child you apperacte the small things your child does as well as when someone helps you.
Our greatest miracle
- I am forever grateful for my almost six year old daughter, Natalie, who has overcome so many odds and continues to amaze not only doctors, but people who meet her that know her history. Born 15 weeks early, she had a grade 4 bilateral brain bleed causing hydrocephalus that required shunt placement, a blood clot in her heart, numerous blood transfusions, blood infections, epilepsy, severe developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and hydromyelia all due to here prematurity. We were told she would most likely be blind, deaf, tube fed and confined to a wheelchair. She is not blind, not deaf, can walk with her walker or holding ones hand, eats EVERYTHING, and continues to prove she can overcome! She has the most beautiful smile, infectious laugh, and such a beautiful human spirit. I've learned so much about life, unconditional love, kindness towards others all from this little girl I'm so proud to call mine :). God has chosen to make me one of the blessed on this Earth - Natalie's mommy.
- —Guest Natalie's mommy
Angels from Above
- I thought my job was to teach my daughter about the world. Turns out, my job is to teach the world about my daughter. She has Angelman Syndrome and is a blessing. She has a smile and laughter at inappropriate times. Sometimes I think we ALL need t laugh at inappropriate times. Children with Angelman Syndrome are called "angels." It's true. They really are!
My sweet girl, Victoria
- My 15 yr old daughter, Victoria, doesn't really have a labeled diagnosis. She is developmentally delayed, both physically & mentally. She has a generalized anxiety disorder and was diagnosed with a missing #2 chromosone a few years ago with 3 heart defects but because the diagnosis was a new discovery, nothing to compare to or refer to for help at this time. Victoria has always been a very happy girl. Up until recently, I don't even think she has noticed her delays. She really struggles with social skills and because of that, she has a hard time making friends. Most of her friends are less than half her age and even they sometimes don't want to play with her. I recently signed her up with her BFF doing cheer and dance with others that have disabilities. She seems to enjoy it alot and I have been googling to find her more activities and thinking about starting a blog to help me. I am so thankful for Victoria & the joy that she brings to our family. I know that she is a blessing from God
- —Guest Denise Williams
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