These carefully selected special needs parents quotes are powerful, inspirational, and positively uplifting!
Parenting a child with special needs may feel like a mix of emotions at times, right?
It is OK to have these feelings, you are not alone!
Some days may feel like you’re living in the most rewarding yet challenging world.
From our own experience, we believe a child with special abilities positively influences you to be a special kind of person. We are opened to a new world of gratitude and love.
With that said, here are our top 100 special needs quotes for parents to brighten your day.
P.S. If you are a parent and need a good laugh, be sure to stick around to the end for ’18 Silly Parenting Quotes’. 🙂
12 Quotes ‘Disability IS Ability’
“There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more.” ~ Robert M. Hensel
“My ability is stronger than my disability.” ~ Theresa Sheridan
“Just because I can’t walk, doesn’t mean I can’t play!” ~ InclusivePlay
“I wish for a world that views disability, mental or physical, not as a hindrance but as unique attributes that can be seen as powerful assets if given the right opportunities.” ~ Oliver Sacks
“When you have a disability, knowing you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling.” ~ Anne Strike
“The world worries about disability more than disabled people do.” ~ Warwick Davis
“I choose not to place “DIS” in my ability.” ~ Robert M. Hensel
“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” ~ Martina Navratilova
“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” ~ Scott Hamilton
“The wheelchair should not be a symbol of disability. A wheelchair is a vehicle to liberation and freedom; a chariot for independence.” ~ Rick Hansen
“I am differently able.” ~ Anonymous
“It’s not a disability it’s a different ability.” ~ @abilityministry
12 Heartfelt Parenting Quotes
“Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.” ~ Anonymous
“If I know what love is it is because of you.” ~ Herman Hesse
“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” ~ Buddha
“Sometimes real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.” ~ Anonymous
“Bless those who see light through a different window and those who understand their view.” ~ Anonymous
“If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.” ~ Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas
“Today you are You that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is Youer than you.” ~ Dr. Seuss
“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” ~ Lady Bird Johson
“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” ~ Sharon Jaynes
“In French, you don’t say “I miss you.” You say “Tu me manques,” which means “You are missing from me.” I love that. ~ Anonymous
“I did not give you the gift of life, life gave me the gift of you.” ~ Upjourney
“Being a mother is learning about the strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” ~ Linda Wooten
12 Inspirational Parenting Quotes
“You’ll never be bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do!” ~ Dr. Seuss
“I’m not a superhero because I parent a child with special needs...I’m the sidekick to my superhero.” ~ A. Krause Studio
“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.” ~ Maya Angelou
“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” ~ Robert Fulghum
“Raise your words not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~ Rumi
“Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit into boxes.” ~ Tori Amos
“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.” ~ George Santayana
“If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world.” ~ Elaine & Dalton
“Your child will teach you more than you will ever teach them.” ~ Melissa Noel Brown Oliveras
“You’ve made this day a special day, by just you being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you, just the way you are.” ~ Mr. Rogers
“Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way.” ~ George Evans
“What makes you different is what makes you beautiful.” ~ Happy Soul Project
12 Motivational Parenting Quotes
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
“When you focus on problems, you will have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you will have more opportunities.” ~ Anonymous
“As special needs parents we don’t have the power to make life “fair,” but we do have the power to make life joyful.” ~ Anonymous
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” ~ OurPact
“Don’t let the mind limit what an able heart can do.” ~ Robert M. Hensel
“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” ~ Maria Montesorri
“As a special needs parent we don’t have the power to make life “fair”, but we have the power to make life joyful.” ~ Anonymous
“One word of encouragement can be enough to spark someone’s motivation to continue with a difficult challenge.” ~ Roy T. Bennett
“The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become.” ~ www.itsalovelylife.com
“Surround yourself with those who believe in you. Your life is too important for anything less.” ~ Steve Goodier
“When something or someone is no longer bringing you up, but pulling you down – it’s time to let go. When something or someone is no longer adding to your life, but subtracting from it – it’s time to let go.” ~ Mandy Hale
“Those who know do, those that understand, teach.” ~ Aristotle
12 Parenting Quotes for Encouragement
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” ~ Helen Keller
“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” ~ Christopher Reeves
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” ~ Stephen Hawking
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they determine merely where you start.” ~ Nido Qubein
“Your greatest contribution to the universe may not be something you do, but someone you teach.” ~ Anonymous
“There is only one way to look at things until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes.” ~ Pablo Picasso
“Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.” ~ Martina Navratilova
“Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned.” ~ Upjourney
“My attitude is based on how you treat me.” ~ Anonymous
“Believe in yourself as a parent, you are your child’s best therapist and advocate.” ~ Anonymous
“A lot of disabilities are invisible. Your reaction to them isn’t.” ~ A Life With A Side Of The Unexpected
“The best inheritance a parent can give their children is their time each day.” ~ Anonymous
10 Positive Parenting Quotes
“All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them.” ~ www.bestoflife.com
“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” ~ W.E.B. Dubois
“The sign of great parenting is not the child’s behavior. The sign of truly great parenting is the parent’s behavior.” ~ Andy Smithson
“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” ~ Matthew Jacobsen
“Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to make it dry.” ~ Alvin Price
“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll
“We’re all imperfect parents and that’s perfectly ok. Tiny humans need connection not perfection.” ~ LR Knost
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” ~ Jane D. Hull
“There are two things we should give our children; one is roots and the other is wings.” ~ Hodding Carter
“Kids spell love T-I-M-E.” ~ John Crudele
12 Powerful Parenting Quotes
“Whoever first coined the phrase ‘You’re the wind beneath my wings’ most assuredly was reflecting on the sublime influence of a very special teacher.” ~ Frank Trujillo
“The way we talk to children becomes their inner voice.” ~ Peggy O’Mara
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
“Until you have a kid with special needs you have no idea of the depth of your strength, tenacity and resourcefulness.” ~ Anonymous
“Sometimes even the greatest joy brings challenge, and children with special needs inspire a very, very special love.” ~ Sarah Palin
“A child is like a butterfly in the wind. Some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can. Why compare one against the other? Each one is different. Each one is special. Each one is beautiful.” ~ Anonymous
“I wouldn’t change you for the world, but I would change the world for you.” ~ Anonymous
“My attitude is based on how you treat me.” ~ Anonymous
“We have no special needs children – just children with special needs.” ~ Uwe Maurer
“There is only one question: how to love this world.” ~ Mary Oliver Spring
“Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.” ~ Robert John Meehan
“It shouldn’t matter how slowly a child learns. What matters is that we encourage them to never stop trying.” ~ Robert John Meehan
18 Silly Parenting Quotes
“Unless your parenting advice is which wine pairs best with 3 weeks of laundry, keep it to yourself.” ~ The Glad Stork
“Before becoming a parent, I didn’t know I could ruin someone’s life by asking them to put pants on.” ~ The Funny Beaver
“My kid is turning out just like me. Well played, karma. Well played.” ~ Anonymous
“People who say they sleep like babies usually don’t have them.” ~ Leo J. Burke
“PARENTING STYLE: Somewhere in between No, Dont! and Oh, Whatever.” ~ Anonymous
“A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.” ~ Jerry Seinfeld
“90% of parenting is just thinking about when you can lie down again.” ~ Anonymous
“FIRST RULE OF PARENT CLUB: You don’t talk about activities in front of the kids unless you are fully prepared to engage in said activities.” ~ @mompsychologist
“BEDTIME: The perfect time for kids to ask questions, request food, require additional bathroom breaks, and need a new nightlight.” ~ Anonymous
“I’m sorry for all the things I said when my toddler wouldn’t nap”. ~ @unfilteredmama
“Recipe for iced coffee: (1) Have kids (2) Make coffee (3) Forget you made coffee (4) Drink it cold” ~ @toni_hammer
“The easiest way to shop with kids is not to.” ~ @relaxingmommy
“So I stepped away for like 2 seconds…the beginning of every parenting horror story.” ~ Mombabble
“It’s like no one in my family appreciates that I stayed up all night overthinking for them.” ~ Anonymous
“Motherhood is an extreme sport. That’s why we have to wear workout clothes every day.” ~ @fruitsofmotherhood
“SON: Was I adopted? ME: Not yet.” ~ @HenpeckedHal
“When I tell my kids I’ll do something in a minute, what I’m really is “Please Forget”.” ~ @sarcasticmommy4
“As a parent, my hobbies include repeating myself, rage waiting, and repeating myself.” ~ @realtoughdad
We all need a positive boost at times which is healthy for our mind, body, and soul.
I hope at least one of these quotes inspired you today or made you smile.
Do you have other special needs parents’ quotes to share? What quote stood out to you?
Let us know in the comments below. ♥
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About the Author
Lindsey is the co-founder of The LENN Foundation and content creator of the Intensive Therapy for Kids blog.
When she isn’t busy playing Godzilla with her son or chasing around her mischievous Rottweiler pup, she loves creating experiences and memories with her loved ones (traveling, watching a good flick, trying new n’ yummy restaurants). Speaking of restaurants, one of her favs is Taco Bell!
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Thank you for the great article. You aroused so many emotions in me that I got new motivation to work on myself to be a better mother. A quote I would definitely single out is “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles. ” There is so much we can learn from this sentence. It doesn’t matter how many times we make a mistake, it matters that we learn something from it each time. Our children are there to give us special strength to push on. Some children require a little more attention and love and that is why they are special. Everyone who has a child with special needs should be grateful because they got a small part of the specialty that this world offers.Beautiful article, best wishes.
Lindsey Kovach says
Your words are so kind and I really appreciate your heartfelt feedback! Thank you for taking the time to share this with me and others reading these comments. I agree, that is a very powerful life quote about motherhood and so true! Never give up despite the stuggles, heartaches, and low points you go through because that is what makes the GREAT times so special. 🙂
Hello there, thanks for this really nice article. I have been a fan of this site for so many reasons and coming up with this article makes me really happy. I have to say this is one very good article that people will be happy to learn from. You have done with these quotes and I’ll have to share with others
Lindsey Kovach says
Thanks for sharing Justin!
Having a child with special needs is a gift. Every child is a gift, but if we get a child with special needs, it means that the universe entrusts us with an important task because it knows that we are capable of caring for such a child.
It is often difficult, it takes a lot of effort, will, strength and patience, but everything that such a child gives back is a gift.
Thank you for these wonderful quotes that can be of great support, motivation, and positive thinking to parents and also others close to the child.
Lindsey Kovach says
Thanks for sharing Nina! I appreciate your feedback. 🙂
Hello there Lindsey, thank you for sharing these truly uplifting messages and quotes that are guaranteed to lift the spirits and cheer up parents of special needs children, also the children themselves. It is true that it is very challenging raising a child with special needs and this is why many people give up halfway and abandon these children btu the fact is they deserve to be loved.
Lindsey Kovach says
Absolutely! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂
This is a very nice post on special needs and it is really uplifting because there are many parents who have real with kids who have a child that need special needs. I think it would be nice for me to share this post with other parents so that they too will get motivated.
Lindsey Kovach says
Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words. 🙂