The Misunderstood Child ~ Poem


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I've had this a while, thought I'd share ~ summarizes my son, Dylan, pretty well.

I found this very touching but true to what goes on in life with children.

The Misunderstood Child

I am the child that looks healthy and fine.
I was born with ten fingers and toes.
But something is different. somewhere in my mind.
And what it is nobody knows.

I am the child that struggles at school,
Though they say that I'm perfectly smart.
They tell me I'm lazy-can learn if I try-
But I don't seem to know where to start.

I am the child that won't wear the clothes
which hurt me or bother my feet.
I dread sudden noises, can't handle most smells,
And tastes- there are few foods I will eat.

I am the child that can't catch the ball
And runs with an awkward gait.
I am the one chosen last on the team
And I cringe as I stand there and wait.

I am the child with whome knowone will play-
The one that gets bullied and teased.
I try to fit in and I want to be liked,
But nothing I do seems to please.

I am the child that tantrums and freaks
Over things that seem petty and trite.
You'll never know how I panic inside,
When I'm lost in my anger and fright.

I am the child that fidgets and squirms
Though I'm told to sit still and be good.
Do you think that I choose to be out of control?
Don't you know that I would if I could?

I am the child with the broken heart
Though I act like I din't really care.
Perhaps there's a reason God made me this way-
Some message he sent me to share.

For I am the child that needs to be loved
And accepted and valued too.
I am the child that is misunderstood,
I am different-but look just like you.

Author - Kathy Winters
I loved the poem too.

And yet, it made me cry. A lot. I so wish people could understand. And I so wish there was something I could do to make my child better. Of course, I know I am not alone.

That is why I am so grateful for this board.


Here we go again!
This is something I'm going to keep on hand to share with the next teacher who orders my difficult child 2 to stop being so fidgety, or reprimands him for being disorganized and forgetful, not to mention impulsive. Thanks for sharing it!