25 Quotes About Parenting A Child With Disabilities

Here are a few quotes about parenting that never fail to deliver a ray of sunshine on the difficult days. Feel free to leave a comment with a favourite quote that inspires you.

1. “Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have. It’s about understanding that they are exactly the person they are supposed to be and that, if you’re lucky, they just might be the teacher who turns you into the person you are supposed to be.” ~ Joan Ryan

2.  “One of the great things that any community can do is not teach tolerance, but live tolerance, not talk respect, but live inclusivity.” ~ Michael Pritchard

3.  “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

4.  Don’t focus on what she can’t do. Focus on what she can do. Like a boss. ~ Lisa Thornbury

5.  “Parents of children with special needs create their own world of happiness and believe in things that others cannot yet see.” ~Unknown

6.  “Sometimes the things we can’t change end up changing us.” ~ Unknown

7.  “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me … Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” —Shel Silverstein.

8.  “Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there’s going to be a way through it.”~ Michael J. Fox

9.  “Hang on tight and get ready for the wildest, saddest, happiest, most challenging and most rewarding ride of your life!”~ Sylvia Phillips

10.  “Every survival kit should include a sense of humour.” ~ Anonymous

11.  “Promise me you’ll always remember… you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved move than you know.” ~ Christopher Robin

12.  The past haunts and the future taunts. This is particularly true if you love a child with special needs. ~ Lisa Thornbury

13.  “Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.” ~Howard Schultz

14.  “The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears.” ~Ellen Goodman

15.  “And though she be little, she is fierce.” ~Shakespeare

16.  “You are now in a secret world. You’ll see things you never imagined: ignorance, rudeness, and discrimination. But you’ll also witness so many everyday miracles, and you’ll know it. You won’t think a milestone is just a milestone, you’ll know it’s a miracle. You’ll treasure things most wouldn’t think twice about. You’ll become an advocate, an educator, a specialist, and a therapist, but most of all, you’ll be a parent to the most wonderful child.” ~Geraldine Renton

17.  “Children with special needs aren’t sent to special parents, they make parents special.” ~ Unknown

18.  “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” ~ Oscar Wilde

19.  “The siblings of special needs children are quite special. Absolutely accepting and totally loving, from birth, someone who is different mentally, and has a different way of seeing the world, is a wonderful trait. It’s a trait I wish there was another way of getting, but there isn’t. And it does involve a degree of not having it fantastically easy.” ~ Sally Phillips

20. “Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did—that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were or, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the body and yet, each child represented just that a parent’s hear bared, weather forever outside its chest.” ~ Debra Ginsberg

21.  “I thought I’d teach my child about the world. Turns out I’m teaching the world about her.” ~ Unknown

22.  Never let anyone dis your ability to make the right choices regarding your child’s disabilities. ~ Lisa Thornbury

23.  “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.” ~ Gilda Radner

24.  “I wouldn’t change you for the world, but I’ll change the world for you.” ~ Unknown

25.  I have a child with special needs. I didn’t know if I would be strong enough. Turns out I am. And so are you. ~ Lisa Thornbury


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