I’m Not Special. I’m Just a Mom Doing Her Job.


As the parent of a child with special needs, I often get thoughts and opinions about my parenting from family, friends, and sometimes even strangers. It always leaves me feeling a bit perplexed. I don’t see myself as anything but a regular Mom with different challenges.

“You are so strong”

Not really, I am walking through my days just trying to do the best I can for my child. Sometimes I feel like I may break, but I keep that to myself.

“I don’t know how you do it”

It is my child, I wasn’t given a choice. She needs my support.

“ I could never do what you do”

When it comes to your child you will do whatever you have to.

“God only gives special kids to special people”

I’m truly not special. I’m just a Mom doing her job. She has made our life extraordinary. I’m just her support system.

These are all very lovely thoughts that people have and they say them when they want to be supportive. 

I feel like most parents will step up and do whatever needs to be done to help their children. I’m not special or a superhero.

I’m just a Mom trying to support my child through a life that has many challenges for her to overcome on a daily basis. 

I am just a Mom trying to plan a future for someone who won’t be able to navigate her life on her own. 

I’m just a Mom trying to balance a marriage, finances, anxiety, low self-esteem, family, and special needs.

I’m strong because I have to be. I do it because my child needs me. If you had a child with significant struggles you would do it too. God didn’t give her to me because I’m special, but I sure feel special because she is mine.

I’m just a Mom.

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Laura Simzyk

Hi! My name is Laura Simzyk. I reside in Arizona with my husband and three kids. Our youngest daughter Olivia has Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder. I am a stay-at-home Mom and caretaker for our daughter. I write about our journey on Facebook at Olivia's Extraordinary Journey.

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  1. Julie on March 11, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    oh how I feel you.

    • Laura Simzyk on March 12, 2023 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you, Julie. It’s just what we do as Mom’s. We support and advocate for our kids because they need us.

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