Best Ted Talk’s For Special Needs Parents

I have a self-imposed rule about my posts.  If most readers can’t get through it in 5 minutes or less, then I didn’t get to my point quickly enough.  For this post, however, to get the full post, it’ll take much longer.  You might need to come back and take a look at these 3 videos one at a time , when you have more time – they are each about 20 minutes – but if you haven’t seen them, please consider finding the time.

For each of these Ted Taks, I felt like someone was talking directly to me.  Telling me my story and also reminding me of Owen’s possibility.  These weren’t written for special needs parents, per se, but they definitely hit on so much of what we go through. It’s really refreshing to be understood and maybe even validated.  So even if you don’t have the time today, bookmark these three videos and some day when you need a hug, watch one of these inspirational videos.

Andrew Solomon – Love, No Matter What

Andrew Solomon’s research is about parenting in extraordinary circumstances.  He eloquonetly captures mothers and fathers discussing the joy and the personal fulfillment they get from being a parent to a child with special needs juxtaposed by the wish that their children didn’t have to suffer.  I never imagined I could relate to Dylan Kliebold’s (one of the Columbine High School shooters) mom, but I do.  You might too.

Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerbillity

“I know that vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle with worthiness, but I also believe it is the birthplace of joy and creativity and belonging and love.”  These words touched me to the core.  For me, vulnerability was first truly tapped in the NICU…and then in this last year and half, through this blog.  Me, a person who has been described as aloof my entire life sharing my deepest hurts and fears for the world to see.  I’m not yet where Dr Brown suggest we go, but like all special needs families, I’m exploring vulnerability in a way I’ve never before been open to feeling.

Nick Vujicic – Overcoming Hoplessness

Nick was born without any limbs.  The first time he started thinking about taking his life he was 8 years old.  He was bullied and felt like he was a burden to his family.  Today (at the time of taping) he’s 29 years old, an internationally known author, motivational speaker, husband and father.  He says, he never got his miracle, however, “when it seems you don’t get a miracle, sometimes your miracle is being someone else’s miracle”.

Alicia Arenas – Recognizing Glass Children

I’m adding this one on at a later post date because I’ve just discovered it.  Alicia Arenas shares her story as the sibling of two special needs siblings.  Her talk, I admit, is my biggest fear in all of this.  Owen, he has a huge cheer leading section and resources thrown at him…but Kellen, he’s expected by many “to just get over it”.  I never want Kellen to feel like a glass child.

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