Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Family & Parenting
  3. Special Needs Kids

YOUR holiday with your special needs child

See also

This time of year we all have a mental image of the “perfect holiday.” The picture varies for everyone – yours may include children in freshly pressed clothing sitting mesmerized by someone reading a holy book (or a not-so holy book), or a chaotic scene filled with rumpled wrapping paper and kids racing around with new toys. Whatever your image includes, you may be constantly rating your current holiday and berating yourself or your children for not measuring up to these impossible ideals.

Like curious children, allow yourself to ask “Why?” WHY do we do the things we do, year after year? If there is a meaningful reason then by all means keep the traditions going. But if the answer is merely a shrug or a “because that’s how we always do it” then maybe it’s time to rethink it. Sometimes traditions no longer serve us, and we must make new traditions.

Let it go. Just as special needs parents have to learn to ignore those ridiculous milestone charts and developmental scales; we have to realize that this holiday is unique to this year, this child, and this moment. That doesn't make it any less special, or any less of a memory to be treasured.

Toss out the ‘required” holiday menu and make your child his or her favorite food. So what if the cookies are oddly shaped or decorated differently than the ones in those magazines? Remember that flour-smudged smile, or that excited squeal when they came out of the oven, or whatever happy thing happened at your home. It’s your holiday with your child. Make it yours. Own it.

I hope your holiday is filled with love and joy, in whatever form that takes for you and yours.

Advertisement

Life

  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Video
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Camera
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Video
    Sunken Ferry

Related Videos:

  • The Right Approach
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517716895" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517716895&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Aidan
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AvDQ8m9DZzQ?VQ=HD720&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • The Tutt Case and why it should matter to every parent
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pfqZwJJNDLU?rel=0?rel=0&amp;VQ=HD720&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!