Parents naturally have dreams and expectations of and for their children. When we hold that tiny baby in our arms we often have such hopes for their futures. We proudly share news of their first smile, the frist time they sit up unaided, their first steps and, of course, their first words.
We want so much for our children. We want them be brilliant, to be talented in ways the whole word can recognise. Most of all we want them to live happy, healthy and problem free lives.
Both my children are very clever, both are physically healthy. Both also have unique challenges that they will have to learn to overcome to deal with the world we live in now.
I have to put away my expectations for their lives and learn to better support them in the lives they have. I am not the only parant that has had to do this, and I know I won’t be the last but it is still hard to let go of some of those dreams.
The dream I can hold on to and one I will fight to realise is that they should live happy lives.