Parenting in general is hard. Add in a child with special needs and parenting becomes even harder. Until you have a child with special needs it’s hard to understand how difficult day-to-day life can be.
There are so many unique joys to parenting children, but there’s even more joy when you see small positive developments being made by a child with special needs. It really is “special” to watch a child with special needs complete a task or milestone they once could not meet.
To celebrate the little joys and sometimes the heartache of parenting a child with special needs, here are 20 special needs quotes for parents.
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Special Needs Quotes For Parents
Once you accept that your child will be different, not better or worse…just different, that’s the first step ~Unknown
Special needs parents are the equivalent of Batman, Captain America, and the Incredible Hulk combined with a side of Mary Poppins. ~ unknown
If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But, whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr
Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths. ~ unknown
Parents of children with special needs create their own world of happiness and believe in things that others cannot yet see. ~Unknown
The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears. ~Ellen Goodman
I thought I’d teach my child about the world. Turns out I’m teaching the world about her. ~ Unknown
I have a child with special needs. I didn’t know if I would be strong enough. Turns out I am. And so are you. ~ Lisa Thornbury
Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit into boxes. ~ Tori Amos
Once you accept that your child will be different, not better or worse – just different – that’s the first step. ~ Unknown
More Special Needs Quotes For Parents
I don’t think the worst thing that could happen to me is raising a child with special needs. I think the worst thing is to raise a child who is cruel to those with special needs. ~ Unknown
Parenting for special needs and “typical” kids is like a tightrope walk without a net. The only difference is that special needs parents know exactly how close the ground is. That perspective helps us appreciate everything so much more. ~ Amy Kenny
It shouldn’t matter how slowly a child learns. What matters is that we encourage them to never stop trying. ~ Robert John Meehan
Children with special needs inspire a special love. ~ Sarah Palin
Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand. ~ Oprah Winfrey
Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there’s going to be a way through it. ~ Michael J. Fox
You are not obligated to do everything a healthy person does. You are not obligated to be an inspiration. ~ Unknown
You are not obligated to hide your illness in order to make other people comfortable. You are allowed to know your limits. You are allowed to have bad days. ~ Unknown
You are allowed to stay in bed if you can’t get up to do anything but go to the bathroom. It is not your fault if other people leave you because of your illness. ~ Unknown
It is not your fault you are sick. You don’t have to apologise for something that is out of your control. ~ Unknown