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Raising a Child with Special Needs (Part 2)

Raising a Child with Special Needs (Part 2)

How do you keep your soul afloat when you’re being tossed around in the stormy sea of parenting a child with special needs?

 

In last week’s post, I shared a little about our experience. Re-reading the post, I realized that there is so much more I could have said. Part of the reason I didn’t say more was that I wanted to keep it short. Mostly, I just didn’t want to risk being vulnerable. I want to attempt to do just that in this post.

There’s a question with which I’ve wrestled frequently in the last 12 years: How do you keep your soul afloat when you’re being tossed in the stormy sea of parenting a child with special needs?

Protective Discipline

Protective Discipline

When I was a kid, I hated celery.  I am talking loathing with a capital “L.”  My mom would put those stringy stalks on my plate and I would just stare at them. Why do I have to eat green beans when there are so many good things in the world to eat? Like potato chips, and cookies, and French fries, and ice cream, and… But my mom and dad made me eat those things…and I am so glad they did.  Today, I love celery! 

Directive Discipline

Directive Discipline

Directive discipline is the process of lovingly leading your child along the path of life.  The goal is to have your children follow you as you walk that path and to open and win their hearts along the way. The four faces that you present to your children- sympathy, encouragement, nurture, and instruction- are relational skills that enable you to relate to your children at a heart-to-heart level.  They are skills for discipline that will open the door of a child’s heart both to the direction you have to offer and to the correction that you must exercise.