8. Guilt

I was sitting in our group circle, surrounded by other men on the special needs parenting journey when our facilitator made an observation. “Y’all are absolutely wrecked with guilt. I hadn’t expected that.” She was right. Most people outside the special needs parenting journey see us from the outside in, as people dealing with immense unfairness and hardship. We are victims of circumstance looking up at a lifetime of difficulty. We are someone to feel sorry for. Most of the father’s I spend time with on the journey don’t spend much time feeling sorry for ourselves though. Instead, we spend…