Posts Tagged ‘parenting’

Exhausting days

August 3, 2015

There are some seasons of life that are exhausting.

I have heard it said that the days are long and the years are short with young kids.

Don’t be afraid to ask parents of young kids, especially if they have kids with special needs, if they need to talk, or have a break. You have no idea the encouragement it could make to someone who may be hanging by a thread.

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Acronyms and their impact on our lives

April 12, 2015

This year has been a blur.

Part of it is getting older.  I’ve heard older people say that time goes as you get older.  A few years ago, I didn’t really believe.  And I didn’t really care, because I had lots of time left.

I find winter to be a tiring season, as the days are short.  February was miserably cold this year.

We have been extremely busy over the past few weeks, as we have been getting an educational assessment completed.  It took several trips and meetings to complete the testing and discuss the results.

We received a diagnosis, with an acronym, which we did not expect a few months ago.

It is frustrating to have a diagnosis, but it helps explain some things that we had no explanation for.  It also opens the door for some additional assistance and accommodation, which will be helpful.

We will have to work at teaching and developing impulse control and other other skills that most kids have.

We will have to be constantly in prayer and relying on God for wisdom as we parent over the next few years.

Parenting

September 19, 2013

I saw a post from Ellen at lovethatmax.com about those who comment about how great parents of special needs kids are.  Check out “I’m not a great parent just because  have a kid with special needs.”

Ellen writes about the assumption that people make that parents with special needs kids are great parents.

The help we give our kids is just parenting.  All children need to to be parented differently.

There are far too many instance of parents divorcing after a special need happens, often because the father has left.  It is unfortunate that so many in this day and age, often men, but not always, abandon ship with things get tough.

Parenting is a tough calling.  I have heard it said that God has placed children in our lives to help us grow up, as much as it is to help them grow up.  Children can bring out our selfishness and point out our pride at the most embarrassing times.

In these times when we blow it, we can set an important example for our kids when we admit we messed up and ask for forgiveness.  Not that I always do that.  Just do it more often than not.

Practical Advice for Parenting a Strong-Willed Child

October 10, 2012

Today as I was working away, I was trying to avoid listening to a local station that claims to have “Today’s Best Music”.  WRONG.  Not so.  After about three days, you can tell what time it is by the song that is playing.

I listened to two episodes of Focus on the Family, featuring a two-part interview with Cynthia Tobias.  Click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

The topic was parenting a strong-willed child.  Cynthia is a self-described child, and at least one of her children is strong-willed as well.

She shared some practical tips about parenting a strong-willed child.

Here is a link to list of 10 tips to parenting a strong-willed child of any age.


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