I cannot thank Elihu enough for posting this. You may recall, my daughter has autism, SPD, an IQ of 45 and language disorder. She is 13 going on five. Her 13 yo body is in constant conflict with her cogntive and language challenges, which results in severe behavior concerns. If that isnt frustrating enough, she also struggles with abstract thought. She has trouble connecting consequences to her behavior. As a mother, it is heartbreaking to see your child struggle so much and know she has no friends. Many adults, let alone kids,do not want to be around her. Elihu’s advice about prayer and wise council is spot on. I ask that you continue to join us in praying for our Beauty, and for us as we train her up in the Lord.
Parenting is tough.
It’ll chew you up and spit you back out. It’ll wring your heart out until it’s dry. It taxes the mind, burdens the heart, and dominates your prayers—all while demanding constant creativity. You become a strategist, investigator, and commander, as well as a comforter, counselor, and coach. You must be fair, patient, willing to be inconvenienced, diligent in training, and protective of your child’s innocence.
Every decision has major consequences—from how you give birth to how you choose to educate. To survive, you develop a thick skin against both tears and tantrums while bearing up under the scathing criticism of everyone—from your own family to the irritable lady at the grocery store.
Are you ready for the hardest part of this gig?
These kids have free will.
You could do everything “right” and they might still…
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