Thinking About Your Family in Challenging Times

Some Beginning Thoughts

1. Spend time with your children connecting. Everyone in your family will benefit from relaxing time together.

2. Listen to your children more than you talk. This is usually hard to do but children need to share their thoughts to a loving mom and dad. It helps relieve stress and young people often have important and helpful things to say.

3. Model humanity in your relationships with everyone. Actions speak louder than words.

4. Avoid being isolated. Reach out to like minded people and spend time together.

5. Think of things to do. Whether it’s joining an organization you believe in, going to church, or having regular family meetings it is important to move rather than stay in a passive or overwhelmed position. Spending time with others who share your perspectives can help generate other ideas.

Thinking about Siblings of a Special Needs Child

As seen in New York Special Child Magazine and on NY Parenting.com

Dear Sharon,

We have three children. One of our children, a 7 year old boy, is on the autism spectrum. Naturally, he gets a great deal of our attention. We’re concerned that our two older children (ages 9 and 10) are feeling neglected. They’re good kids and wouldn’t admit to it, but we want to make sure we are able to give our special child the attention he needs, but not at the expense of the other two. It’s difficult as I’m sure you can imagine. 

Do you have any advice for us? Any professional thoughts would be greatly appreciated. We are trying to be good parents to all of them.

Dear Parents,

Many parents with special needs children are rightfully concerned about their ability to juggle all of their children’s needs with so many responsibilities to handle.

Here are some suggestions that can help.

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Skipping Home from School

A Spontaneous “Interview” with a Child Who Was Making the Most of Spring

The other day when walking in my neighborhood I found myself crossing the street with a young girl and her mom. The child was holding her mom’s hand and skipping on the crosswalk lines, When we reached the sidewalk she began a new “routine” – spinning and jumping between the lines in the pavement. I was impressed and told her so. Looking up, she smiled and said, “I have to, this is the way I get over sitting in school all day – we sit a lot!”

This small interaction was a reminder of how much parents and children need to develop ways to compensate, especially at the end of the day, for the lack of movement and play in most classrooms today.