What tips would you offer for being a friend to a special needs parent? One Response to “What tips would you offer for being a friend to a special needs parent?” Miranda Marrott Be patient with their children and with them. Understand that you do not understand everything that they are going through or how hard they are working to make life amazing for their children or how exhausting it is at times … maybe you do understand, we all do that as parents don’t we? Work hard and become exhausted from the effort of parenting. Maybe just understand and appreciate that there are some challenges that they face that you cannot comprehend. Refrain from giving parenting advice unless it is directly asked of you. Simply be a support, a listening ear, a smiling face. Love them for them. And love their children. Reply Comments Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.