Do you know how grateful I am for the nap I was able to get today?

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to take a nap.  I wasn’t feeling well and would not have made it otherwise. 

The reason I’m sharing this is not to throw it in anyone’s face because I know so many of you might not have the opportunity when you’re sick. 


I wanted to share this because I think it’s important for people outside the Autism parenting community to understand, how even the simplest things can have a profoundly positive impact. 

Parents of special needs kids, especially single parents, don’t have the luxury of resting when they’re sick or not feeling well. 

Today it worked out for me because I had nothing going on after our morning appointments. 

The reality is that so many special needs parents have no choice but to soldier through and manage the best they can. 

I know the same can be said for any parent, especially single parents and I’m not taking away from that but special needs parenting presents a plethora of challenges, unique to that type of situation. 

I also only speak to my experience and since I’m a special needs parent, that’s where my focus falls. 

That’s my obligatory disclaimer, that will hopefully limit the amount of hate mail I’ll receive for discussing this. 

Here’s the bottomline…

If you happen to know a special needs parent, one of the kindest things you can do is help to provide them with some desperately needed and much deserved rest. 

It’s especially vital when said parent is sick, injured or just in desperate need of a break. 

You have no idea (well now you hopefully do) the enormity of the impact you can have on that person and their family.

I know it’s not easy but there are ways to make this happen and I’ll discuss them in a followup post.  For now though, I wanted to plant the bug in your ear.. ☺

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