“Except in the case of His only perfect Begotten Son, imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with. That must be terribly frustrating to Him, but He deals with it. So should we.“
Elder Jeffrey R Holland
That one quote should help us have a better understanding of parenting. No child is perfect, and no parent is perfect, and just because my son is special needs I am not a supermom. I think the super mom is the girl I know that lost her first child to a genetic illness, and is now expecting a new baby. I think my sister-in-law who has four kids is a super mom, I can’t even handle my two! I think my daughter’s sunbeam teacher, who isn’t a mother yet but teaches other people’s children about Jesus every Sunday, is a super mom.
Having a special needs child is no act of heroism. I find that at times my perfectly developing three year old is more difficult to handle than my autistic son. I don’t hear people calling me a super mom for potty training her, or when I finally got her to go to sleep without a binky. That didn’t qualify me as a super mom, but being kind of patient as it took my son three years to learn how to walk does.
Now don’t get me wrong, it boosts my confidence A TON when someone calls me a super mom, but I would never ever consider myself a super mom! I am just a mom who was blessed with the opportunity to “deal with” two kids. I think any woman that has any positive role in a child’s life is a super mom, because kids a hard! Any woman who is able to deal with handling the imperfect job of raising a child is a super mom.
*And let’s give a big shout out to the super dads out there that have the patients to deal with the very patient job of raising kids. Also for dealing with the imperfect woman that is going through parenthood with them! I know that my husband has to have more patience to deal with me than to deal with my kids!