When you parent a child with additional needs it comes with a unique set of daily difficulties and aggravations. These have a habit of piling up all too quickly and the urge to vent can be strong. We might hold back though, not just for fear of alienating all and sundry, but mostly because spewing out our emotions often makes us feel even worse.
Teenagers often respond to negative experiences with their friends, or boyfriends/girlfriends, in what may seem an over-dramatic manner. What we tend to forget is that this may be the first time they have had experiences like this, and they have not yet managed to, or are still in the process of developing coping strategies to use in response to these situations.
Georgina (who is wired very differently from regular folks) asked me the very same question when she was four years old. On the eve of her fourth birthday, when we were preparing the party bags, the finger food, the hats and the balloons, she asked, "If nobody comes to my birthday party, will it still be a party?"
While I'm grateful for technology and the ability to stay in touch with friends who live on the other side of the world, I also believe phones are killing conversation. More importantly, I believe our children mirror us and if they constantly see us head down in our phones, it won't be long before they're doing exactly the same thing.