Monday, August 1, 2011

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Online Support: beneficial or waste of time?

A couple of days ago, I had a conversation with a friend of mine, who is also a special needs parent. We talked for quite a while about our families,catching up with each other. During the course of  conversation, we discussed a great many things, but one thing really stuck with me. I said to her at one point, "You know, I love being able to share funny, silly things that happen with Logan and the other monsters. I love watching Logan when he's learning something new. But sometimes it's nice to be able to say, "Today REALLY sucks!" and know that the person I'm talking to truly does understand what I'm talking about."  We talked for quite a while about how valuable our online support is, even though there are many people I may never meet face to face, whom I respect and count as friends. Here's the question for the day: Does the fact that my greatest special needs support system is online with "strangers"  diminish it's value?

The Daddy has, at certain points, become quite frustrated that I would discuss things about Logan with someone online. He's uncomfortable with the thought that I am sharing things with people "who aren't really real." I can, to a point, appreciate his opinion. However, since I rarely get the opportunity to leave home, and we live so far from civilization, I have to admit that my online support system has been my salvation on more than one occasion.

Do you ever have this conversation with your spouse? Am I the only one? And, is your spouse/significant other comfortable with your online friendships or does it make them uncomfortable? Seriously, people... I'd love to know.
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