Express yourself! Having a child with special needs usually comes with a wide range of emotions that demand expression. Journaling or talking out your anger, frustration, sadness, fear and, grief (including with a professional if needed) are just two healthy ways to safely release your strongest feelings.

Such honest expression, including through the gift of tears, allows you to better move forward to embrace and love the child you do have. Carrying all that other stuff around robs you of valuable energy you need for the challenging tasks at hand.

Express away, and feel free to blast Madonna on your iPod as you vent.
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