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25 Quotes About Parenting A Child With Disabilities
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Planning For Your Special Needs Child’s Future
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Singing and Signing

25 Quotes About Parenting A Child With Disabilities

Parenting a child who has a disability definitely has some unique challenges. Here are a few quotes that never fail to deliver a ray of sunshine on the cloudy days. Enjoy and please feel free to add your favourites in the comments.  1. “Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have.  It’s about understanding that he is exactly the person he is supposed to be and that, if you’re lucky, he just might be the teacher who turns you into the person you are supposed to be.” ~ Joan Ryan 2.  “One of the great things that any community can do is not teach tolerance, but live tolerance, not talk respect, but live inclusivity.” ~ Michael Pritchard 3.  “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- They must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller 4.  Don’t focus on what she can’t do. Focus on what she can do. Like a boss. ~ Lisa Thornbury 5.  “Parents of children with special needs create their own world of happiness and believe in things that others cannot yet see.” ~Unknown 6.  “Sometimes the things we[…]

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Planning For Your Special Needs Child’s Future

    I try not to look too far ahead and simply try to enjoy life in the moment. I said, try. I’m a planner which means I need like to know what’s going to happen next; and if I can control what that is, even better. FYI — I know what we’re having for dinner every night for the next three months.   When it comes to my children, I have to remind myself to stop obsessively looking forward.   However there are a few things that MUST be arranged in advance. Though I plan to be around for a long time to care for my family, even I, the master of control, can’t control that. So as morbid as it seems, we recently updated our wills and named our children’s guardians and Powers of Attorney.   We also have a document listing all accounts, assets, debts, passwords, and any other crucial information family members would need in the case of, you know, our demise.   Also we’re in the process of setting up an RESP for our son {something we should have done years ago!). He’ll need it to help with law and medical school. After that, he’s on his own. I’m sure his doctor/lawyer salary will be enough to get[…]

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Singing and Signing

  My daughter is not a fan of long car rides. Our saving grace is music. As they say, music soothes the savage beast. Not that Avery is at all beastly, but strap her into her car seat and drive for more than half an hour and she definitely becomes a little savage-esque.   Her favourite CD is Name Your Tune. She can (and has) listened to it a thousand times. Children are egocentric. They LOVE hearing their name in the context of the songs. Truth be told, if I heard a few “Lisas” thrown in, I’d dig it too.   My friend Erica (head mummy over at The Yummy Mummy Club) did a voice over for Five Little Monkeys – Avery’s most requested tune. It’s strange hearing Erica’s familiar voice serenading us in our mini-van. When she sings, “I can seeeeeee you,” Avery gasps and says, “She sees me??” Makes me smile every time. Later, when Erica says, “Be very careful,” Avery responds, in a whisper, “Very careful.”   Shout out to our friend Scott too! He’s the manly voice in the Monkey duet.    Thanks Candace for making such an amazing product. I’m putting “Name Your Tune2” on[…]

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