On Monday, I listened to a really interesting programme on radio 4 about the 'complex relationship' between parents and children with disabilities and chronic health conditions.
It's well worth a listen if you have a child with special needs, or are/were a child with special needs. You can hear it here until Monday 19th September.
What do you think? As parents, we borrow our children as we watch them grow and then go out in the world independently, hopefully equipped by all we've taught them. Is it more difficult to watch your child with special needs 'grow and go'? Is it hard to trust them and their new partners to take on the responsibilities that you have lived with for so many years, and seem to be the only real expert in? Does it leave a larger and more painful chasm when they've left than when their siblings leave home because of the sheet amount of time and emotion you have given them?
I'd love to hear your thoughts and share them here on a future post.