When both of my kids were born with Down syndrome, nobody around told me the really important things I needed to know about receiving a child with this condition. I heard everything from condolences to unexpected and cruel comments from people who were supposed to support me instead of judge my circumstances. But what I never heard was the sincere voice of a loving parent who had already crossed the line of prejudice and ignorance—from the side that most of us live on before having a child with special needs.
These are the 10 things nobody tells you when your child is born with Down syndrome, and 10 things everyone should know in order to receive that new life with love and hope.
But the most important thing that you need to know is that your child is going to have his own dreams, his own goals and his own achievements. Every day you will learn new things with him and from him; and in a couple of years you will be able to look back and smile, and feel blessed and happy at having the child you never expected, but who became the most wonderful child you could never have imagined.
Yes, that child is special, because he is your child!