From the article: Coupons for Special Dads
Do you know a father or grandfather of a child with special needs who deserves a tribute? Let everyone know what an inspiration they are by telling what's great about them here. Speak up for special fathers! Share Your Story
An Amazing Father and Husband
- I must brag about my husband and his role as a father as well. He has never missed any kind of meeting or appointment for our child. He works 2nd shift and doesn't come home until 1am but is up at 6am to help me get our daughter ready for school, attend any meetings or doctor appointments. He is tired and I applaud him for his dedication to our child. He is supportive in helping with homework, chores around the house, and at dysfunctional ARD meetings. He is our rock and I can't say enough about this wonderful man. He continues to be the glue to hold us all together and I thank God for this awesome dad and husband. It is hard raising a special needs child and through thick and thin, he has stood right there besides us, even at times when I felt like giving up, when our child felt like giving up. He is patient, gentle, kind, understanding, and some how, he leaves his emotions out of the equation to support us. I couldn't ask for a better soul mate or a father to our child-kudos to James
- —Guest lele
the man who didn't have to be my dad
- I met the man who is now my stepdad when I was eleven years old. I'm sure that he never imagined that he would take on the role of fathering a totally blind child with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but he has turned out to be more of a father to me than my own dad has been. I will never forget how patiently he helped me with Geometry, cutting out a shape from cardboard to help me learn in spite of my spacial struggles. He once confronted my Braille teacher, who had no understanding regarding my OCD and used fear tactics to motivate me. His gentle wisdom has taught me so much, and his sense of humor has repeatedly brought a smile to my face and laughter into my life. He didn't have to step up to the plate and be my dad, but I will be forever grateful that he did!
- —Guest Stephanie Dawn
What a StepDad!!
- So one day, this father steps up to the plate.. what a wonderful day it has been! I want to tell you about Neal who is a stepfather to my three adult children and their children. Neal is hearing impaired and has been through so much in this life with losing his mom and dad and finding his home on the street. Today Neal is the most caring, and loving father and husband, grandfather to our family. In spite of all that we have been through, he always is behind us all the way and endures so much strength. He is a very caring and loving, and compassionate father and is always there when one door closes and another door opens. His remarkable attitude keeps us ready for the next journey and we are so fortunate to have him as part of our family. He cares for my daughter, Brittany who has cerebral palsy and he accepts her with all of her challenges. He helps with her care and eager to learn as we go. He loves her and we are blessed to have him through each and every day.
- —Guest Elaine S
Dad without hesitation
- My husband is a biological, adoptive, and foster father. In each role, he is amazing. Most recently, our medically-fragile foster daughter had a severe seizure and she stopped breathing while we waited for the ambulance. My husband, my hero, began rescue breathing immediately and did not stop until the ambulance arrived. I was not surprised by his determination and perseverance, but it reminded me of his unending love and devotion for all of our children. He is an amazing, heroic father.
- —Guest harris4kids
- Statistics are many dads will retreat from their families during times of crisis for one reason or another. Our daughter changed him and after losing 2 jobs because of our daughters million dollars in bills. He became a role model for our children and others as he defied the odds to go from poverty, crisis and two years of under-graduate coursework, four years of medical school were supported by delivering newspapers to keep a roof over our heads. Doing what many said was impossible, he did it with grace, humility and our daughter by his side. He once told me how can he feel sorry for himself, when she is smiling through all the pain. Doctor Dad is now holding her tiny hands through the needle sticks, the pain and the tears of loneliness and sharing the joys of milestones. Not only did he stick with our family, but went on to adopt 5 siblings from foster care and raised them to adulthood. I write of this amazing man who stands out for his dedication to family.