The pressure to act happy when your child has special needs

Parents of children with disabilities can feel pressure to keep up appearances in front of able-bodied families. Heather Lanier joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the personal struggles she faces parenting her daughter, a child with a very rare genetic disorder, while navigating a world that expects parents to raise high-achieving children. Her essay published by Longreads is “Out There I Have to Smile.”

This episode originally aired April 5, 2021.