Being a parent to a child or children with special needs is more than a challenge. It's a calling. We either embrace it or we fight it. Most parents of children with special needs choose to embrace this calling for the good of their children, but it often comes with some heavy sacrifices. Are those sacrifices worth it? Absolutely. But for 2015, your children will benefit from a few resolutions you make for yourself.

1. Forgive Yourself

You are not perfect and you have definitely made a mistake or two, but you're only human after all. Your child is likely to forget or never even notice your mistakes, so learn to forgive yourself and move forward, knowing that you always have your family's best interest at heart.

2. Forgive Others

Each day we are faced with things that are out of our control. Whether it's your spouse who has made a mistake or let you down in some way, or a stranger who passes judgment on your family or stares at your child, there's not much we can do besides forgive them and move on.

3. Make Some "Me" Time

It isn't easy to set aside some time for yourself with all of the responsibilities you have. There are doctors' appointments and paperwork and therapies to see to. There is always something you could be doing besides sitting down with a book or a cup of coffee or heading to the gym. But taking care of you for even just 20 minutes a day will help you be a better mom.

4. Focus on the Good

The negative in our lives can sometimes overwhelm the positive. Between the challenges your child faces to the seemingly endless tests and therapies, it can be tough to be thankful for your blessings. But your positive outlook will rub off on your entire family and lead to a happier life.

5. Get Out of the House

It can be tough to find time to have fun as a family when you have a child with special needs. Plan a day out once a month with the entire family so that you can all enjoy some time together and take a break from the day to day tasks.

6. Remain Calm When Faced With Ignorance

The next time someone makes an ignorant statement about your child or your parenting, take a deep breath and count to ten. Remind yourself that this could be an opportunity to educate someone about your child's diagnosis and enlighten someone who otherwise would have spent the rest of their lives living in that ignorance.

7. Help Other Parents

You've learned a lot from being a parent of a child with special needs. There are countless families out there who are just receiving a diagnosis for their child. Use your own personal talents to help them. Whether it's writing a book, or just being a shoulder for them to cry on, you have so much to offer other families, and they will be forever grateful.

8. Become an Advocate

Team up with advocacy groups created to help children like yours. Contact your state representatives to let them know how important certain resources are for your child. And allow your child to take part in clinical trials that can help find better medications and treatments to help children facing the same condition.

9. Ask for Help

This might just be the hardest thing you do all year. Admitting that we need help can be tough, but it's important to be able to reach out to others, especially if your health or your child depend on it. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, but one of strength, because you are doing what is best for your entire family.

Make 2015 the best year yet for your family, by making it one full of fun, hope, and rest.