I am not a perfect parent and I will never be. I can strive to become one but, what would that prove or change? My son will still have a mental illness. I can't fix him and I can't erase all that we have gone through. I can use my experience to teach other parents in my shoes to help their child and I can teach my son to be his own voice and help others like him. I've learned a lot of things within the last few years but, the most important thing is that I need to learn how to love myself as much as I love my children. I'm still a work in progress.
As parents we must never forget that we are human. We can feel how we want, we can say what we need to say, and do what we need to do to make it through for our special children. Judgement from others comes from their lack of knowledge of what you already know. Instead of becoming upset, educate them and don't be afraid to smile while you do it.
By the way, did I mention that I am officially the NAMI- San Antonio Board President? Well I am and I am very happy to have made it this far with our NAMI affiliate.
Have an awesome weekend...