Day 16: Restoring Freedom, Overcoming Parental Limitations

Welcome to day 16 of the 31 Days of Restoration: Spiritual and Emotional Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs. You can find the main page for this series here.

I’ve written about parental loneliness, alienationand self-sacrifice.

While these are related, when I speak of parental limitations, I’m talking about physical roadblocks that prevent parents of children with special needs from freely doing what other parents so easily do. They are the circumstances that put constraints on our flexibility even when we decide we want to get out there like everybody else.

While many families are visiting Santa at the mall, we’re scouting shopping centers with adapted change spaces.

While families go out to dinner for a birthday celebration, we’re thinking about accessibility into and around the venue.

While families take advantage of Tuesday movie night, we know the only wheelchair accessible spot in the theatre is too close to the screen to suit our child’s sensory issues.

We want to leave the house on a moment’s notice, but it takes us 20 minutes to change, dress, and set up our child in adaptive equipment, then 10 minutes to pack what we need, and 10 minutes to settle him into the car.

We watch the world move freely while our feet remain planted in cement.

We dream of the freedom other parents possess. We’ll take typical tantrums over our limitations any day.

Affirmations for Restoring Freedom and Overcoming Parental Limitations

  • Even though I feel tied down by our circumstances, I can be free in my mind, heart, and spirit.
  • Opportunities open up for us.
  • I am free.
  • My child is free.
  • No matter what, I know I will be OK.
  • No matter what, my child will be OK.
  • No matter what, it will all be OK.

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