Parents who have children with special needs or children who qualify for special education often have to advocate for their children more often than the parent who has a child in the regular educational mainstream. The author of the following article identifies the parenting traits necessary for a special education child to succeed in and out of school. The special education parenting traits are not only necessary, but often crucial in helping your special needs child succeed in this demanding world.
5 Traits Needed For Parenting A Child With Special Needs
By Jeff Schuman
Parenting a child with special needs is not always easy, but it is very rewarding. For anyone that is a parent of a child that has special needs, there are 5 traits that you need to have in order effectively raise your child and be able to enjoy it at the same time.
Here are the 5 traits that all parents need, but especially the parents that are raising a kid that has special needs.
One: Tolerance – Having a special needs child is not easy for any parent to cope with. You as parents need to learn to be tolerant of your partner’s feelings and way of coping with having a special child.
It is also important because there may be times that you find yourself feeling like you just can’t go on, your tolerance at this time will come in handy because you will be able to use it to help you get past these feelings.
Two: Acceptance – When parents plan to have children, no one starts thinking about the special needs kid they will have. Knowing that you are going to have a child that requires special needs means that you have to be able to accept this.
If you can’t learn to accept it, then you will have a very hard time as a parent to a special needs kid and this is not good for you, but it is especially not good for your child.
Three: Patience – Not only is patience required for raising a child with special needs, but you will also need it for raising any of their siblings, especially if they are not special needs kids. There are many frustrations that parents face on a daily basis.
Having a child with special needs will mean even more frustrations, but having patience will help you deal with anything and everything that needs to be done to help your child grow. You have to learn to take things one day at a time and even better, one moment at a time.
Four: Organization – A special needs child will mean that there are a lot of things that you have to remember and make sure they do on a regular basis. These things can include medications, medical treatments or even doctor appointments.
You also have the everyday normal life activities that you will have to ensure you can organize into your already busy schedule like homework, grocery shopping and even laundry.
To help you cut down on frustration, ensure things get done and to save time, being organized is a must.
Five. Time for yourself – Your children are your life and need you to take care of them, but you will not be able to do that if you don’t take care of yourself first. So that you can be the best parent possible, you need to find ways that you can use to relax.
Now that you know the 5 traits that are required for every parent that is parenting a child with special needs; all that remains is to ensure you have these traits and that you use them. They will definitely make your job of parenting much easier and more rewarding.