Ever have one of those moments when you can’t believe the words that just flew out of your mouth? Words to teachers, coaches, therapists, and a stream of others. Words like …
“When I suggest trying something new, why do you look at me like I’ve got three heads?”
“Before we begin this IEP meeting, let me remind all of you that I love this kid, so be careful what you say.”
“You can’t see what she’s getting out of this? Oh, that’s probably why God gave her to me instead of you.”
I confess. I’m guilty of these retorts.
So are lots of parents of children with special needs. We start off being nice, and then we get frustrated. It comes with the territory as you crusade for your child every single day for a lifetime.
When being nice doesn’t get you anywhere, being mad often does. Raising a child with special needs can turn even the meek into the outspoken.
When all polite approaches fail, sometimes you just gotta let the words fly to be heard.
What fighting words have worked for you?