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I Am a Mother of a Mentally Retarded Child

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 56 People

    I have a 7 year old son

    who is moderately intellectually disabled. It has been a very tough journey with him. I love him so much and want to do what is best for him. He has an IEP at school and receives OT and speech every week. He is functioning at a 3 to 4 year old level. I sometimes feel overwhelmed...
    jb2985 jb2985 26-30, F Apr 15

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    My Poor Son

    My son is mentally retarded but his IQ is not tested yet. He doesn't talk and he has many difficulties in taking care of himself. He is already 12 but he still cannot remember the way of going to the toilet properly. I have to help him put on his nappy every day. I am very poor...
    angelastanton angelastanton 36-40 1 Response Jul 21, 2011

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    Mild Intellectual Disability And My 16 Year Old Daughter

    My wife and I are mothers of a 16 year old beautiful daughter who has been diagnosed with MID/ ADHD and a communication disorder. She tries so very hard and her nickname is Tenacity. Right now, we are dealing with her budding sexuality. She wants very much to be in love and falls...
    slimneely slimneely 41-45, F Nov 29, 2013

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    More Struggles

    My baby got admitted to the hospital again last night. She has to have another surgery and she is still having seizures. I feel so terrible not being able to take her pain away and make her normal again. I'm willing to work with her mental disabilities but these other health...
    batmom batmom 22-25, F Mar 22, 2013

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    Samantha

    My name is marina and I am 52 and still raising my 25 yr old severe profound mentally retarded daughter. Sam functions at a 3-5 yr old level and can be a real little ****! She has numerous medical issues and is gtube fed via pump at night but eats soft foods by mouth during the...
    mommamarina mommamarina 51-55, F 2 Responses Oct 4, 2013

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    HOW DO I HELP MY SON HE IS 26 ON PAPPER BUT NOT

    IN MINE HE IS ON SSI HOW DO I HELP HIM WITH THE HIP LAW IM MY WAY TO BECOME A MOM I DONT WHAT MY SON BACK HE IS NOT ON THE WRITE MINES HOW DO I DO IT WITH HE AGE ON PAPPER
    SUNRAE7042 SUNRAE7042 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    My Daughter

    I have tried everything from letting my daughter do as she pleased to , letting her eat anything she pleased .. From my experince so far its like this A mentally challenged person needs discapline just like any other child only more constant, any other person would...
    M47Lam M47Lam 61-65 3 Responses Dec 4, 2010

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    Encouragement To Those With Children With Mental Retardation

    I have twin boys age 13. They were born premature at 28 weeks. I knew something was wrong with one of my sons when I awoke from my c-section. They immediatly did a chromazone test and it came back negative. I soon noticed that he wasn't responding to me as quickly as his brother...
    juanitaroybal juanitaroybal 36-40, F Feb 16, 2013

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    My Daughter's Journey

    My daughter was born with a heart defect in 1998. The doctors did not feel the need to surgically repair it until she was 10 months old. This may have been the worst decision I've ever let "professionals" decide for me. I should have followed my gut. She was deprived of oxygen...
    maddieshope maddieshope 31-35 1 Response Jan 14, 2011

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    Guess I Take The Role Of The Devils Adovcate

    While I am clearly not the mother with a child or even the father with a child with Mental retardation, I am far more feared in the system then any parent. I am a Guardian which means I am appointed by the courts to protect their rights. Some of the things I am going to say I...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M 2 Responses Aug 26, 2013

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    My Beautiful Girl

        I'm the mother of a beautiful girl borned w/ mental retardation due to a stroke during delivery. She was given only 10 days to live due to mayor seizures disorder. Well those 10 days turned into 25 beatiful years. Thanks to My Lord and savior Jesus.    She 's now living...
    payer2010 payer2010 56-60 2 Responses Feb 26, 2011

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    Bullies Are My Worst Nightmare.................

    I am a mother of 3 my middle child who is 12 has severe cognitive and learning dissabilities.She is one of the hardest jobs i have ever had. she is the sweetest kid you will ever meet she is and would do anything for anyone. just wants so badly to fit in she is in normal school...
    carab76 carab76 36-40, F Oct 10, 2013

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    My Very Challenging Child.

    Sometimes I feel so alone it this challenge.  Even though we receive a lot of help thank God, It is still not how pictured my life.  I am going through the "why me" phase again... My child is 10 and non verbal, he screams and throws things a lot.  Right...
    bawyada bawyada 36-40 8 Responses Jan 26, 2009

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    Medical Care Of My Son

    I have one god's gifted son aged about 22years only years have  passed since his birth but not his milestones. He is  a little infant but physically well built. His mental growth is to the level of only 2 months baby. He rolls about and plays laughs for the reasons...
    srgvenki123 srgvenki123 51-55, F 1 Response Oct 14, 2009

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    My Daughter Is Mentally Retarded

    I thought something might not be right when my daughter didn't talk or walk on time, When I took her to her pediatrician she said it will probably just take her a little longer but she's fine. She started pulling her hair out around 15 months and she didn't laugh like my other...
    tammyburling tammyburling 41-45, F 46 Responses Aug 28, 2010

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    My Angel

    let me start off by saying up until November I had 3 beautiful perfectly healthy children. In November my daughter had an accident she was 4 months old. Now she is about 9 months old and can't do half of the things she could do when she went into the hospital. I can't speak much...
    batmom batmom 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 9, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    It's really remarkable to find so many people who I can relate too. My mother has been emotionally, physically, and verbally abusing me since I was a small child. I don't have any...
    WeOnlyHaveNow WeOnlyHaveNow 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Hi everyone, I'm glad I found this website, and I'm now able to share my story with people who will not judge me or think I'm crazy to think my mother is a narcissist. We all know...
    noite noite 26-30, F Dec 6

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    We have lost two of our adult children to death and the last two have rejected us. I was a mother to four children and worked hard along with their dad to make their lives...
    djc64 djc64 66-70, F 2 Responses Dec 3

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    I am a mother of 6 children, 4 girls and 2 boys ages 18 to 6. So in my house their is a need for discipline. I give them a good talking to, which includes baring their bottoms and...
    Sternmom111 Sternmom111 36-40, F 23 Responses Nov 23

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    My traumatic childhood is complicated in a way and kind of just said my whole life story sorry for how long it is..... i mean like really long. Okayy i am going to start with my...
    chocolate1616 chocolate1616 18-21, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    My mother hates me. I know it. So does my sister. They don't want me to be happy. And quite honestly, I think she let me move back in with her because I had a baby. I am a single...
    Singlemother78 Singlemother78 31-35, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    My mother is phenomenal. She amazes me with the heart she has. It's where I get it from. She raised me since I was a baby. ( my birth mother left) she took me in as her own and...
    freedom432 freedom432 31-35, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    Just need to vent... We do not talk to my MIL for obvious reasons like how she said that my son was a mistake and told my step daughter about how I am not her mother and what...
    snowbabe3 snowbabe3 22-25, F 4 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    When i was little i remember my mom always trying to "protect me" from different kind of things. she would never let me do things that i liked, for example cheer leading claiming...
    hxnnaah hxnnaah 16-17, F 3 days ago

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    Ever since the day I was born my mother has been the bane of my existence. She lied to me all of the time about how my family never cared about me and how they wouldn't talk to me...
    LordZetroc2696 LordZetroc2696 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 25

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    Even If She Don't Want Me- My youngest child has been in South America for 13 years since she was 7. My ex her daddy stole her from me during a weekend visit. A few days later she...
    StillFab45 StillFab45 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 27

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    PART I Article 1 For the purposes of the present Convention, a child means every human being below the age of eighteen years unless under the law applicable to the child...
    lunadelobos lunadelobos 41-45 1 Response Dec 7

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    I am still so angry. I don't know how to process these feelings and they are eroding my adult life, holding me back from being a successful person. Mental illness runs in my...
    momshelle momshelle 26-30, F Dec 9

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    Why did it take me 33 years to realize this? Almost immediately after typing that question I feel doubt and shame not because I should have known years ago but because I feel I am...
    klaw25 klaw25 31-35, F 1 Response a week ago

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    My mother married a terrible guy in my tween years. I remember meeting him for the first time and telling my mom that I didn't like him. I remember feeling really uncomfortable...
    2infinityandbeyond 2infinityandbeyond 26-30, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    "You rock." The psychologist said when I walked into the room at the student health centee and sat down. I looked at him like he was crazy. "You rock yourself back and forth...
    TenThousandSorrows TenThousandSorrows 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    Hi, I'm new to EP but feel I need to talk about the mentally and emotionally abusive relationship I was in for 7 years. I thought he was the love of my life. But pretty well from...
    Pridestar73 Pridestar73 41-45, F Nov 19

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    It all happened so fast. too fast. My dearest mom passed away on 30th october 2014. It just feels so unreal. This year has been amazing to me. I graduated and got accepted to a...
    annylicous annylicous 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 24

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    Unfit Isn't A Strong Enough Word!-"You had a little sister...." My paternal grandmother dropped a bombshell a few months ago. She raised me because my mother who was just 17 when I...
    Shemiel Shemiel 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 3

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    this isn't really in the topic, but I'm telling it anyway.today i became a volunteer partner for SOINA. Special Olympics Indonesia. It's an association that trains children with...
    roseinsurvival roseinsurvival 13-15 Nov 29

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    Since I was a young tyke, my father and mother have been fighting because of marriage issues. My father used to be a drunk who would hit her when she talk back to her. I remember...
    Marik13 Marik13 13-15 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    After being with my wife for nine years I finally told her about my experiences as a child. The conversation happened the other night. I was drunk and I opened up about...
    Cnote7 Cnote7 41-45, M 10 hrs ago

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    my mother has always been too wrapped up in her depression to be a mom. she didn't get anything she wanted out of life and now she takes it out on me. I don't care if she's unhappy...
    ZenaMarie ZenaMarie 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    i think my mother hates me.. she's so mean with me and i feel like she dont want me and hates my existence ... cuz she's always happy until she see me , and nothing i do pleases...
    Rwnn Rwnn 13-15, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    My Mother was the greatest woman in my life and it's been over year since she was call home to Heaven! There isn't moment in my day where this Lady isn't on my mind see was truly...
    gamma87 gamma87 46-50, M 2 Responses Nov 23

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    Champion Girls I have had the pleasure of knowing many tomboys in my life and thanks to my Aunt Donna hearing about dozens of my female forebears who made great sacrifices for all...
    radicalfeminist radicalfeminist 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 29

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    Turned My Sports Loving Son into a Prissy Girly Girl Here is an amazing letter from a one of my favorite petticoating moms Rhonda. Like most women she was not aware of the...
    radicalfeminist radicalfeminist 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 29

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    Darlene Story - Another Successful Petticoating of a Little Brat Another great letter from my friend Rhonda. This time she tells the story of Darlene the boy she first witness...
    radicalfeminist radicalfeminist 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 29

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    My brothers closet had this sort of crawl space room. My dad would lock us in there (he was crazy) because "we weren't ready" I dont know what he was talking about. There was no...
    LandonS LandonS 16-17, M 3 Responses Nov 18

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    I thought I was the only one who could genuinely hate their mom but glad to know im not the only one. I don't call her that anymore she's just Laurie. She was married to my dad...
    kwhite0718 kwhite0718 26-30, F 4 Responses Nov 21

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    I am 21 pregnant with my second child, I am a stay at home with my son and my fiancee's son(whose mother cannot get her priorities straight long enough to take care of her son...
    stephaniewebs stephaniewebs 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 21

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