19 Things Only Special Moms Understand


A group of strong, intelligent, courageous, loving, special needs mamas wrote these 19 things that only a special mom would understand. One of their most important qualities is that they have a sense of humor… something that is a requirement for sanity for the special needs parent.

1. If you’re standing in line at Target and your kid hugs the shopper in line in front of you because her coat is soft… you might be a special mom.

2. If you keep a trunk full of bubble wrap in your car for self-soothing… you might be a special mom.

3. If you keep a stress ball in every purse and backpack your family owns… you might be a special mom.

4. If you plan your outfit around whether or not you will able to carry a mid-meltdown kid out of a room, and have zero wardrobe malfunctions…you might be a special mom.

5. If you get lazy and don’t put the vacuum away for a couple days, and when you finally do, your kid keeps getting it out and putting it back in “its spot” in the middle of the living room because he now believes that’s where it “goes” and that’s where it NEEDS to be… you might be a special mom.

6. If you stop traffic to retrieve a hub cap that just fell off a semi, because this is your kid’s latest obsession and you know he’ll be thrilled… you might be a special mom.

7. If you go to a birthday party location three days before the actual party to practice what to do… you might be a special mom.

8. If your kid tells her sibling to stop breathing because it’s annoying… you might be a special mom.

9. If your kid “tells” you that your singing voice is ugly by putting his hands over his ears… you might be a special mom.

10. If you’re constantly tripping over objects grouped in three all around your house… you might be a special mom.

11. If your child gets punished at school for participating in an age-appropriate prank, but inside you’re cheering… you might be a special mom.

12. If you run to the grocery store late at night because you’ve just realized you’re out of grapes and if there are not grapes in your kid’s lunch, there WILL be a meltdown… you might be a special mom.

13. If you are excited instead of upset when your child continues to try to sit on the kitchen table because he is trying to imitate what his sister is doing… you might be a special mom.

14. If people don’t understand you because you say things like, IEP, TEIS, IDEA, OT, PT, ST, LRE, presumptive placement, supplemental aids and services, or ABA… you might be a special mom.

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15. If you listen to Christmas songs 365 days a year… you might be a special mom.

16. If your friends say, “Let’s take the kids to {insert anything that requires waiting in line}” and you just laugh… you might be a special mom.

17. If you have carpal tunnel from continuously spinning the office chair around and around… and around and around in circles… you might be a special mom.

18. If you’re invited to a park or barbeque and your first question is not, “What can I bring?” “What time?” or “Where?” but, “Is it fenced in?”… you might be a special mom.

19. If a simple kiss means the world because that is how your child says, “I love you, Mom”… you might be a special mom.

This post originally appeared on Ramblings of a Special Mom

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