Connect with Your Child
But Don't Overdo it!
We all want to connect and be involved with our child,more so when our children have special needs.
Children of involved parents generally feel more confident, assured and have a higher level of
They excel in school and do well in extracurricular activities and with their hobbies.
But is there such a thing as too much involvement?
It's imperative when you're becoming involved with your school-aged child's
and academics that you recognize the line of
what being too involved can be.
Remember, you're becoming involved in your child's life.
It's important that you don't intrude too much upon it.
Children with special needs also need their space and privacy and they need to be able to develop their own skills, talents and abilities.
In our eagerness to help our child succeed, it's tempting to want to step in and start doing things for them because you feel they are
doing it incorrectly or inadequately.
But remember, you had to learn too, and you have to give them their chance to learn on their own.
Be there to encourage and support your child, and offer praise at a job well done or a skill achieved.
But also remember to step back and allow your child to learn from their own mistakes, and to develop their own way of doing things.
We all know from our own life experiences that there's always more than just one way to do something, and just because your child is
doing it differently, doesn't make it wrong.
Who knows, it could present a terrific opportunity for you to learn from your child as well.
In addition, try not to become too overbearing or nosy when it comes to their social life.
Be available for them should they need to talk and encourage them to share their troubles with you so you can help them sort through a
But if they say they don't want to talk about it or they just need some time to figure things out for themselves, respect that need by
letting them know you're available whenever they need you.
This is an important part of growing up and allowing a child to figure his own way through things is an integral part of that process.
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