“Believe I can.”
The shirt says it all.
From the very beginning, I have always believed in my daughter. Believed in her ability to beat the odds. Believed in her strength and persistence. Believed in all the things that she has and will accomplish.
My daughter may have special needs, but she certainly “can”.
Sometimes you don’t get enough sleep the night before, and you just need all the coffee and a moment of peace that you won’t get.
Sometimes your best efforts to get your little ones out of bed and dressed and fed in a timely manner are derailed by messes and accidents and chaos.
Sometimes you promise yourself you will limit your toddler’s screen time, but hand him the iPad anyway for a moment of sanity.
Parents Of Children With Special Needs:
I know how difficult the IEP process can be for you.
I know the heartbreak of reading through pages and pages of reports that point out all the ways that your child is different.
This is a picture of my daughter (right) and her best friend. They have a great time together.
My daughter’s best friend has a beautiful smile and loves to laugh.
She has a kind and playful spirit, and is always up for a good playground.
She has the ability to sing every word to her favorite songs and adores dance class.
I have an amazing job. I love it, and I am so grateful for it. But I have to be honest – it’s freaking exhausting.
I am up before dawn every day (including weekends) to get started on my work. I am often up late as well, making sure loose ends are tied up and things are ready for the next day.
I am on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I don’t get holidays off, and forget about sick days! I am expected to show up no matter how I am feeling. I knew this expectation when I accepted this position, but it’s still tough.