On May 4, "Guy Talk" focused on how fathers of children with autism and special needs can appreciate and honor the devoted mothers of their children. Setting aside a day to honor mothers is important, but true gratitude requires expression beyond flowers, cards, and going out to eat. A mother's love is boundless, and this is a time to reflect upon the profound contributions of women as mothers and grandmothers. Beyond honoring the woman who raised him, the most important thing a father can do for his children is to love and appreciate their mother.
Our special contributor was James May, the former director of the National Fathers Network. Although now retired, his contributions to the special needs community live on through the Washington State Fathers Network. James shared his wisdom and appreciation for women derived from many years of service to the special needs community around the country.
James is not the father of a child with special needs, but he has a special perspective from growing up with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. James wowed the panel of fathers and self-advocates with his personal story of decades dealing with a painful physical disability and his advice for men. While there's nothing wrong with flowers and candy, James encouraged guys to write down their thoughts and feelings of appreciation and send them to their wives as "a superb Mothers' Day gift."
The other guys shared their appreciation and pearls of wisdom earned in their everyday love for their families. It was a distinct pleasure to moderate this conversation with James and our other regular contributors. Check out the whole conversation on YouTube by clicking the image above.