My friend wouldn’t relent so I finally gave in and watched the show and surprise, surprise, I am now a loyal weekly viewer of Parenthood.
For me, it wouldn’t matter whether the boy has Asperger’s, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or whatever. I like the show because it realistically portrays that being the parent of a child with any sort of special needs brings a whole other set of issues. Not knocking them, but parents of typical children simply can’t relate. The show has covered:
- how every holiday requires lots of behind the scenes preparation from us parents… prepping family members, practicing social scripts, making special food, etc.
- how days that are usually joyous for parents of typical children (like the first day of school) are nerve-racking and anxiety provoking for us.
- how learning that you are pregnant again can send you over the edge because you don’t know if you could find the inner strength to fight this battle for another child if the child also has special needs.
- how family members, who have the best of intentions, are uncomfortable around the child and simply don’t know what to do or say much of the time.
You can turn off a tv show, but you can’t turn off the worries of being a parent of a child with special needs.