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This Is What It Feels Like (in GIFs!) to Parent a Child With Special Needs

Parenting a child with special needs is an experience that can be difficult to put into words. So, we at The Mighty thought we’d try our best to express what it can feel like through GIFs!

Being a parent isn’t easy. Most days it feels like everyone needs something from you. At all times.


You often think you’ll never get a full night of sleep again. Miss you, sleep.


Your days are filled with a million little challenges, and sometimes it can leave you feeling astronomically overwhelmed.

Every once in a while you just need to break down. (And that’s OK). 


Because you always bounce back.


Even the smallest successes will make you feel like this…


Seriously, the teensiest, tiniest successes will have you like…


Celebrate. You deserve it.


Occasionally you need a little room to breathe.


Other times you don’t mind the lack of personal space.

You’re an ol’ softie now and find yourself crying often.


But if it comes to protecting your kid, everybody better GET. OUT. THE. WAY.


You discover all kinds of things about yourself you never knew.

You’re stronger…




And more fearless than you ever thought possible…


Of course it isn’t easy, but then again, nothing worthwhile ever is.


And in the end, you love your children, no matter what.

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