There are many parenting blogs on the web. They cover everything from how to deal with a child’s behavioral issues to sibling rivalry to diet and many other parenting topics. There are also blogs written by parents of children with disabilities as well. Blogs are a great way for parents to network and gain insight and support along their journey with like-minded people. For parents of blind children this is a valuable resource and it gives a sense of community and understanding to an otherwise seemingly lonely journey.
There are very few blogs, however, for parents that have disabilities themselves. Adaptation is necessary for these parents to ensure the safety and well being of their children and coping with everyday parenting challenges is different for people with disabilities. As a visually impaired mom, I know this feeling all too well.
Parenting is the hardest job anyone will ever do. It can be uncomfortable and difficult at times, yet the greatest source of joy a person will ever know. I am so grateful that my daughters were born and I get teary-eyed just thinking about how much they truly mean to me. I know most parents understand this completely.
When I learned I was pregnant, I believed my daughters had little to no chance of being blind or visually impaired, as geneticists told me when I was seventeen that my vision loss was caused by fetal alcohol syndrome so I did not touch a drop of alcohol while pregnant. I did not, however, think through the hurdles my girls would have to jump to reach adulthood because of my vision impairment. They have it okay, for sure, but I have to be honest with myself and admit that they do miss out on things other kids get to experience because of my limitations. Even so, I would like to think that because of my low vision, both of them inevitably would grow into more compassionate, patient, and loving people. What more could a parent want?