In the disabilities community, we often hear about “autism moms” and their fierce determination to do everything humanly possible to help their children on the autism spectrum. The more daunting the challenge, the more determined mothers seem to become.
There are fathers who also fit that description, but in many families, including mine, the dads may take a quieter role: steadfastly driving kids to school and therapy appointments, handling bath/shower time especially as kids outgrow their moms, remembering medications, supplements and special diet restrictions at meal time.
The daily reality of being a father may feel very different from what dads of special needs kids originally anticipated. In the big picture, though, it is the same job of figuring out how to help children live a healthy, happy life. The goal of helping our family member achieve full independence may feel out of reach, which makes unconditional love all the more important.
It’s a little early for Father’s Day, but cheers to the dads out there doing their best under unexpected circumstances. May we all find the resilience to evolve with the hands we’re dealt in life. Keep putting one foot forward!
This week’s Hike Notes, Half Moon Bay State Beach-Francis Beach, takes readers to the main hub of a multi-beach stretch along the Half Moon Bay shoreline.
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Hike Notes 182: Half Moon Bay State Beach-Francis Beach
Sharing insights and hiking highlights (Hikes, Hike Search by Area) from the special needs caregiver front in San Francisco.