I don’t care what anyone tells you, if you are a mother of a special needs child, the beginning of school is the worst.

You are reminded about their pitfalls, what they are missing, what they are not doing- regardless of how much progress was made over the summer.

And now they are back in the school system and you realize that solutions are not provided. If you’re at your wit's end, and feeling too nervous to take that on by yourself, and don’t know what to do. If you haven’t been guided in the right way to know what to do, know that you are not alone. You can’t give up, because they need you and so do the other kids whose parents haven’t found their voices yet.

If you’re a parent that has to deal with ARD meetings, IEP’s, 504 plans, Medical "stuff", learning differences stuff,  being out of routine with a new year, just any kind of parent stuff, I feel for you. I respect you to the umpteenth degree. I know how hard you are working. I know you go to bed, where you start your second or third job as “researcher” trying to find ways to make it better. I see you trying to recreate the good days and hide from the bad ones like the plague. YOU ARE NOT DOING THIS ALONE. I know it feels like it when you are crying up in your closet. How could anyone understand when you don't even know where to start. Here is a reminder that you are raising a WARRIOR child. Your kid is important, and the work you are doing is too.

If you are fortunate enough to have a partner, family member or friend to pass the baton too after a long day, do it. Take the whole night if you have to.  Consider it part of the job to rest, calm down and spend time with your thoughts. When you wake up tomorrow, you'll be able to do it all again. I’ll be here cheering you on and I know you’ll do the same for me.

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Calla is a writer, mother of three, and host of Have The Conversation Podcast.  Her blog, art, and conversations are here for you as living proof that mistakes and the lessons they provide are all part of a bigger picture   Reach out! - She'd love to get to know you.

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