Parenting

The Keys to Parenting Disabled Children

The Keys to Parenting Disabled Children
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Many parents do not anticipate having a handicapped child. 1 in 7 children suffer from some sort of disability. From being physically handicapped to menatlly unstable, there are many ailments that kids can have from birth or incur at later points in their childhood. Many parents discover that having disabled children is truly a blessing and joy, allowing them to experience life and love from a unique perspective. In this article, we will discuss the keys to parenting disabled children

1. Be Understanding

For all parents, it can be difficult to have empathy for a child in certain moments. With the challenges that disabled children face, there will be moments when they have extreme frustrations that seem uncontrollable. In these moments of tension, it is important to remember that you have no clue the impact of the mental and physical limitations that your child has. You must have an understanding that there are certain circumstances that you will never be able to fully understand. Do as much research as you can to understand the common difficulties that arise for disabled individuals and parents of those with disabilities.

2. Listen Fervently

When there are periods of confusion and chaos, choose to listen. Although you have never been through a similar experience, you can get to know your child better by listening to their joys and sorrows. Many disabled children have radiant joy. This joy is contagious to everyone that they meet. When you listen and care for the uniquenesses and sorrows that your child is overcoming, you will develop a deeper and greater appreciation for the life that they live.

3. Fight the Battles Worth Fighting

If a disability is a result of medical negligence or other accidents, it is important to seek justice for the situation. When you seek justice, you set an example of fighting for what you believe in. There are many individuals that do not have the ability to fight for themselves. By speaking out about injustice, you are giving a voice to those who cannot speak on their own. If your child gains a disability through medical malpractice, an attorney can help you know what to expect if your child has cerebral palsy. In addition, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.

4. Be Their Biggest Advocate

In life, your handicapped child will likely not have the opportunity to do many of the things that other kids get to do. For that reason, it is important that you are the best cheerleader, advocate, and friend for your child. During a hard day or through an unjust situation, your child should be able to confide in you with confidence. On days where they have low self-esteem, you have the privilege of speaking life and encouragement into their world.

Summary

Although disabled children bring unique challenges to parents, they are a gift and blessing of this world. With a unique perspective, they help shift the worldview of those around them to be more outwardly focused. As a parent, you must be prepared to handle emotionally charged situations with patience, grace, and a commitment to put the needs of your child first on your list. By speaking positive affirmations and taking care of yourself, you will have the energy and determination needed to be the best parent you can be. 

Children's Books, Coronovirus 2020, Education, Parenting

5 Books that Will Help Your Child Transition Back to In-School Learning

5 Books that Will Help Your Child Transition Back to In-School Learning

If you have school-aged children they have had the longest break from the school building ever and learning for them drastically changed suddenly last spring. I know some school remained in-person, but here in Was. state and other areas schools have yet to open since March.

Kindergarteners as a virtual learner are heading to a classroom soon for the first time ever or as a secondary student trying to keep grades afloat in a change into independent learning before they were ready, going back will be an adjustment.

I found some books to help your child transition back to in-school learning. You will want to start reading now to open the discussion about going back, schedule changes and socializing again on the playground with new classmates. These books are great for older siblings to read to younger siblings so all ages are discussing the changes together.

Change is impossible to avoid because it happens ALL the time! In this book, the author speaks on how to cope with and embrace life’s changes by recounting personal stories and asking kids pointed questions.

One of my FAVORITE children’s book Authors’ write for A Kids Book About. If you have not seen these books I highly recommend all of their titles on many common and new topics for kids. For heading back into the classroom I recommend A Kids Book About Change. Buy on Amazon

An Invisible String made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love. Does everybody have an Invisible String?

This book is so fantastic! The Invisible String is most popularly known as a best book for loss and grief, it is a great book to have on hand if an unexpected loss does occur in your family. However, it also is a great read for separation anxiety as it touches on the same need to feel connection when apart no matter how ‘apart’ they are. This is great for the child heading off to school for the very first time. Buy on Amazon.

The story is about Kate, a sporty and happy girl who uses her strong mind to tackle her daily challenges with a positive attitude.

My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength is a great book for so many situations to have on hand. For back to school, your child will be eager to start the new change off with a more positive mindset. When anxieties and worries start it’s time to use that brain power to work through change and new situations. Buy on Amazon.

Children love being able to make all the choices for this Superhero-in-Training and control the outcome of the book, while parents and teachers love the lessons the book teaches!

What Should Danny Do? School Day (The Power to Choose Series) brings problems forward. This is a fun read for kids that may have had to be out of structure as they have juggled at-home learning, working parents, siblings home all day. Now your child has to head back to class, sit still, make smart decisions around new kids and Teachers. This book is 7 stories in one and a great conversation book where your child and you can discuss ways Danny’s day should end given his situations he finds himself in. Buy on Amazon.

More and more places are requiring they or the adults around them wear masks, including their schools and pre-schools. This book adds some silliness and laughs around mask wearing to help young children see masks as something funny and not scary.

Many children have not been out and about as much or everyday and going back for many kids will still be while masked. If you have avoided public due to mask wearing anxiety with your child and now they may have to wear one back to school for a bit, this book is a must! Remember to Smile is a silly book that also introduces your child to many heroes and people that have to wear masks in their jobs and other situations making it less scary! Buy on Amazon.

2020 Holidays, Children's Books, Parenting

ABOVE THE CLOUDS – What Really Happens in Heaven During a Thunderstorm Book

ABOVE THE CLOUDS – What Really Happens in Heaven During a Thunderstorm Book

ABOVE THE CLOUDS – What Really Happens in Heaven During a Thunderstorm book by Stephanie Barton, Carley Barton and Sue Milon

Grace is afraid of thunderstorms. Her mother comforts her by telling her what’s REALLY responsible for the thunder, lightning, wind, and rain – namely heavenly parties complete with jammin’ tunes, selfie stations, paparazzi, and dancing angels. 

This story is written by a 14 year old Carley Barton based off of her Grandmother’s explanation to her as a child about the thunder and storms when she was afraid. How fun that this teen Author took her Grandmother’s story and published it so you can also ease your own children’s anxieties during storms.

Buy this book on Amazon today and be prepared for the next ‘scary’ storm!