How To Fight The Lonely Battle Of Special Needs Parenting [Podcast]

Season 2, Episode 13- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

Parenting children with special needs is a mixture of joy and exhaustion. We are in this trench. In today’s episode we, along with our co-host Nicole Goerges, interview popular blogger and speaker Ellen Stumbo on how to fight this sometimes lonely and exhausting battle.

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We consider parenting children with special needs an amazing gift. Over the years we’ve had so many moments of sheer joy and excitement. Not a day goes by where we don’t give thanks for our amazing, creative, and precious children. But, there have also been many moments of exhaustion, weariness and defeat. Let’s face it, parenting children with special needs is hard! How can you fight this sometimes lonely battle? In today’s podcast, we answer this question, and discuss some practical steps every person currently in this trench, can take to find renewal and strength.

How A Devastating Experience Gave Me A New Life Purpose

One year ago today, I was suddenly fired from my job at a church. The experience was devastating and embarrassing. But one year later, I’m living a bigger purpose than I could have imagined.

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Numb. That’s the word I would use to describe the feeling I felt when my supervisor looked at me and said, “We’re releasing you from student ministry.”

Actually, numb communicates a feeling. I had none. No expression on my face either. After the HR Director finished his spiel about what I had to sign, what I had to agree to, and what I had to leave behind, I shook their hands, and quietly walked out of the office we were meeting in. In my right hand were severance papers. Never in a million years would I have dreamed I would carry severance papers!