Another site I frequent prompted all of us today to post about Children with Disabilities. March is Disabilities Awareness Month and it’s a great time to reflect on both an important issue and a parenting challenge that is down the road for us.
Alex is still at that wonderfully innocent age where he doesn’t notice any differences. All the kids in his class are his “brothers and sisters”. He doesn’t see cosmetic differences, ethnic differences or anything else. However as much as I would like to believe that day will never come I know there will come a time when the differences between himself and his peers raise questions for him. When that time comes I hope we can sit Alex down and not only tell him about all the differences that make everyone so special, but more importantly teach him the grace he’ll need to truly accept others his whole life. Children are blessings but they come with responsibilities. I accept that my toddler has meltdowns, I understand that he has to have everything his way, I embrace his chaotic, temperamental personality, but I refuse to raise a self-obsessed boy who has too little regard for others. Yep I abosultely refuse…now to implement! 🙂
This month take a few moments and visit CVS and their site CVS Caremark All Kids Can to learn about the programs and work they are doing to help make this a better world for children with disabilities.