Yes, I'm going to intrude for a moment. Forgive me.
As some of you may know, my daughter has a traumatic brain injury, sustained when she was 7 months old. For the past two years, I've been part of a support group for men who have kids with special needs, as most groups focus on the mothers, the assumption being that moms are the primary caregivers. Men, however, often get ignored due to the long-standing stereotype of men going out, earning the money, and being emotionally distant. Divorce is extremely common in families with special needs kids, however, and often it's because the parents don't know how to deal with what they're feeling about the kids. Women have an outlet, and the founder of our group thought men needed one too. My lovely wife thought it would be a good idea for me to go, not necessarily because I have trouble with the emotional aspects of our marriage or dealing with our kids (I'm the primary caregiver, after all, so I spend the majority of the time with Mia and her sister and deal with them rather well, if I do say so myself), but because she thought I needed to get out of the house more, which was probably true. The group has come a long way since I started going, and recently we finally got a web site up and running. This post is just to plug that web site - Dads 4 Special Kids (it's almost as if Prince named it!). We have a nascent blog and forums (fora?) which we hope to improve on in the coming weeks and months, but we also have several articles linked to about dealing with some of the more unique situations that come up with special needs kids. If you're a dad with a special needs kid, I invite you to head on over and check it out - there might be something there you haven't yet discovered, and as we get more people involved, we'll get more stories about the kids themselves. One of the things that's nice about getting together with other dads is swapping stories about what their kids are going through, especially when you can get tips from dads whose kids are older and give tips to dads whose kids are younger. And if you happen to read this blog, have a special needs kid, and live in Phoenix, I invite you to come to our monthly meetings, information about which you can find on the site.
I know Comics Should Be Good! has a large readership, which is why I asked Brian if I could plug something that has absolutely nothing to do with comics or even geeky pop culture on this blog. Don't worry - I'm working on a post that proves once again what a huge geek I am! We all have real lives, though, and I'd like to thank you for indulging me every once in a while to write about the most important thing in my life.
Seriously - the most geeky thing ever, possibly. It's coming!