This week was a rough one — my eldest ended up in the PICU for a week with RSV and Parainfluenza. Stressed to the max. It caused me to reflect on how I need to be supported and how others can support special needs parents in need.

First, special needs mama: Accept the help and ask for it! When people say, “let me know if you need anything,” take them up on it. If they come through — great! If not, oh well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Here is how others can be helpful to special needs parents in need:

1) Be present

2) Know you don’t have to solve the problem

3) Take things off their plate

4) Don’t ask too many questions

5) Be there after the storm

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