Special Needs Parenting is all consuming

As I’m laying in bed at night, sorta pondering the day I just finished up, I have these grandiose plans for the following day. All these things that I’m going to accomplish, like laundry, cleaning the bathroom or simply making the needed phone calls that are on my list of to-dos..

It seems so possible for those things to be tackled the following day and I feel a surge of motivation. 

When the following morning arrives, I usually haven’t slept well and I can’t for the life of me figure out where the previous nights motivation has run off to. 

That pile of laundry that I was totally talking shit to the night before, is just way too intimidating now and that bathroom I swore to myself I would scrub in the morning, isn’t even on my radar anymore.

Some might say that it’s laziness or lack of discipline on my part but I think the truth isn’t quite so simple. 

I haven’t slept well and by well I mean through the night, in I can’t remember how long because one or more of my kids isn’t sleeping through the night either.

When I drag myself out of bed in the morning, I’m already exhausted and by the time I manage to get my three sensitive kids to eat breakfast, I’m running on willpower alone. By the time I pass out meds and manage to get my youngest to at least wear pants, I’ve already forgotten what I had for breakfast. lol

If by some act of God, I even remember what I thought I was going to accomplish that day, I don’t have any idea what Imwas thinking.

Special needs is absolutely all consuming and there is no way you could possibly overstate that. 


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  • Michael Rivard

    YES .

  • JulieSullivanRelunia

    And add bouncing from cleaning one thing that was destroyed while screaming for him to stop destroying the next.. And when they ARE at trying to just .. Damage co trol.. And put enough back together so you can at least make dinner.. I have 7 ‘free’ hours in the day now that he’s back in school.. And I STILL don’t remember when I showered last.

  • Miranda GonzRod

    Oh yes it is.

  • Nicole Logan

    I’ve given up on trying to be perfect and getting everything done. I set up a cleaning schedule for myself. It breaks things down in smaller daily tasks. But if I do not get to it all I don’t worry about it. If laundry is a daunting task….throw one load in each morning move on. You’re getting a load done so it is progress. We just moved into a new house and I am trying to be better. Work in Progress. This is chart I made with high hopes.

  • JulieSullivanRelunia I love when people say “don’t you have plenty of free time while they’re at school”… I can so totally relate…. Keep on keeping on. 🙂