Welcome to Italy

Why I hate “Welcome to Holland”, by Momma Dulock (Autism, or something like it blog).  “Welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley seems to be mandatory reading for parents of newly-diagnosed special needs children – all about how our parenting journey is different from what we’d planned and expected, but nonetheless beautiful.  While “Welcome to Holland” does help to make sense of the deep emotion many parents feel after their child’s diagnosis, Momma Dulock makes the valid point that for all parents, in some way or another, their expectations didn’t quite match up to their reality, because their expectations were about them, not their child. Special Needs parents have unique struggles and challenges, but all parents end up in Italy – because we chose to be parents.

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