Tips for Christian Parents of Special Needs Children

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Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding aspects of life; it can also be one of the most challenging. When you have a child with special needs, life can seem like a never-ending race from challenge to challenge. While life may seem atypical, it is an opportunity to trust in God and create joy from pain.

Tested or Blessed?

As with many things in life, when things come easy to us, we don’t learn much. It’s in those challenges and failures that we learn the most. View this parenting situation as a learning experience. “What am I made of? How can I make this easier? Where will this path lead me? Can I give my child the best life possible despite this obstacle?” How you view the situation will manifest itself; either positively, or negatively. Choose to be blessed and it will make all the difference.

Parenting From Scratch

When you have a special needs child, many of your parental preconceptions will roll right out the door. The great news is that, in this day and age, you have access to information and help that previous generations never had. You are not alone in this, in any sense of the word. If you are married, and raising this child together, you will want to become a unit to be reckoned with. If you are raising your child alone, find a strong support system to see you through. Focus your energy on their development, care, and on finding solutions to present problems.

Family Maintenance

Once the family has settled into a routine of care and commitment, remember to go back to basics every once in a while. Share the simple joys of family; picnics, movie night, board-games, cooking together, etc. Spend quality time with your spouse. While your special needs children may need specific attention and care, try to ensure that all your children have attention and know that they are loved. Hug your loved ones often and say I love you, even more often.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (Phil 4:13 NIV)

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How Jesus Will Help Children Change the World

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When you think about acts which make an impact on the world, you may be inclined to think about certain monumental acts; curing a disease, helping usher in world peace, etc. However, the truth is that having an impact on the world will come in the simple form of how you raise your own child. Future generations will change the world, but it is up to us to help guide our children on the right path. Here are a few suggestions to ensure that your children will be a part of the change process.

First Things First

Your children typically learn a great deal from watching what you do. Try to show them that you have made God a priority by reading scripture, engaging them in conversation about faith, and leaning on The Lord during times of turmoil. Pray with your children before bed and ask them if they would like you to pray for any specific individuals or purposes. This usually not only makes them feel loved and valued, but it is a wonderful way to open up a line of communication between you and your children. Lastly, be a part of your larger family of faith- church and focus on encouraging the entire family to build tight relationships with others who put God first.

Gratitude, Not Platitude

At times, life can be difficult and unfair. As challenging as life is, children have to learn these lessons for themselves. But by being truly grateful for the blessings in life which we are fortunate to receive, your children can lead a generally happy life through God. Being thankful is a state of mind; it means we don’t take the little things for granted. Appreciate the beautiful tree growing in the local park, as well as, your children helping with fixing dinner. One sincere thank you will go a long way with your children.

Mission Around the World

While most of us will never have the opportunity to visit faraway lands to spread the good word, or to aid the suffering of others; we can embrace those around us who have made an impact on those lands. Invite a local missionary to share the stories of their adventures with your family over a meal. These stories of working closely alongside of God can enlighten and inspire your children and could make them decide to do their own mission later on in life. While we all can’t hop on a plane to provide admirable charity services, there are still plenty of good deeds needed right in our local communities. Spread the vision of God, embrace your neighbors, and love each other to the best of your ability.

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Our Favorite Bible Related Arts and Crafts Activities

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It’s no secret that children love to get their hands dirty. Naturally creative, children gravitate towards all things colorful and hands-on, so it’s no surprise that arts and crafts time can be your child’s favorite activity. But just because it’s fun, doesn’t mean it can’t be meaningful as well. Here are a few ideas to help incorporate Biblical lessons with your child’s playtime:

Bible Story Art

A simple way to make art time fun and educational is to have your child draw out one of their favorite Bible stories. Have your child tell you the story as they remember it, then help them with the missing details. As your child draws the story, talk to them about the meaning behind the story and what God is seeking to teach us through this narrative. A great example is this take on the story of Jonah and the Whale by Meaningful Mama.

Miracle Crafts

Another fun thing to do is recreate Biblical miracles with your child. These craft projects will give your child a chance to visualize the miracles mentioned in the Bible, making them all the more significant and meaningful. Two fun crafts you can try are this recreation of Moses parting the Red Sea and this representation of Jesus feeding 5000 people. The experience of creating these crafts will be sure to imprint these miracles in your child’s memory.

Cross Creations

Arts and crafts can also be used to teach your children about the importance of the Cross in Christian belief and practice. Decorating and beautifying the Cross can be a way for you to discuss the beauty of Jesus’ sacrifice with your children. Try your hand at this colorful creation of a Cross emitting light from Housing a Forest, or this take on a stained-glass Cross from True Aim.

You can find more fun Biblical activities for your family here. To learn more about Christian education, private school in Las Vegas, or to schedule a tour of our school, contact us at 702-939-5050.

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The Power of Laughter and Praise

Every parent has days where the challenges of dealing with young children seem insurmountable. Whether you’re attending to temper tantrums, messy rooms or a refusal to do as you ask, it can be easy to become frustrated and angry. Instead of giving into those emotions, try to look at the situation through a different lens: a lens of joy.

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Joy as a Powerful Life Lesson

When times are tough, choosing to see the trying moments that are inevitable with children as times of joy instead of frustration can be extremely helpful. When kids make a mess, make attempts to see the humor in the situation. They say “laughter is the best medicine,” and that’s actually true: evidence suggests that laughter can have positive physical effects on the body and may help relieve stress. Laughing at stressful situations is really about a way of looking at the world. It’s about choosing to see what God wants us to see, which is the joy and beauty in life.

Praise in Parenting

Having a positive outlook means we see the good when bad things happen, but it also means that we acknowledge when good things happen as well. The best thing to do when your child does something good is to let them know. Genuine and sincere praise is an important tool in the parenting toolbox.

Praise should be specific, focusing on the effort your child put into achieving a goal. This is a huge factor in building their self-esteem. When you connect their effort with the outcome, children learn that they have the ability to achieve great things. They also learn, crucially, that they are responsible for their own successes and failures.

When we approach life with positivity, smile through adversity and celebrate success, we are not only teaching our kids an important life lesson, we’re also displaying ideal Christian behavior. After all, the Bible says, “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” (Job 8:21 NIV). 

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