Parental love and acceptance is the key for the child’s well-being. Parents can only bring out the best in their child. For many decades, many clinicians, doctors, researchers and other trained persons focused and discussed about the children who are differently abled and how to give them a better life. The differently abled children who live with their family and are surrounded by the people who love them and nourish them, tend to live healthier and happier.
Emphasis should be given on how parents can deal with their stress and train themselves to take care of their child. Thus, a more wholesome approach should be taken where not only the child, but the whole family environment is elevated towards better living, where love, acceptance and care are always practiced to each other.
The signs of Acceptance
Parents who accept their differently abled children develop certain understandings about the situation and their child. The major characteristics to process their acceptance are:
- Parents appreciate what their child can’t do, but also focus more on what they can do.
- They accept the child as what they really are.
- They do not try to overlook or discard the complexity in the family; they also accept it as it is.
- They do not blame or pity themselves for their child’s condition.
- Parents approach what the best they can do for their child more logically.
- They do not sit around, do nothing and pray for some magical remedy for their child.
- They do not reject their child or over-protect them.
- They take care of them but do not bind them, they give them their independence as they require.
- They do not neglect other family members and channel all their attention and energy towards the child.
Parents can make their kid’s life better by just perceiving their environment differently.
- CELEBRATE THEIR DIFFERENCES.
- LISTEN TO THEM.
- DO NOT POINT OUT THEIR DIFFERENCES AS YOUR SOURCE OF STRESS.
- DO NOT GIVE THEM PRIVILEGE FOR THEIR DIFFERENCES.
- DO NOT IMPOSE ON THEM WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY.
- HAVE FUN WITH THEM.
- WHEN YOU THINK, YOU NEED TIME, TELL THEM CLEARLY
The term ‘resilience’ is used to convey strength. More precisely, conveying the strength as well as flexibility to handle a situation or the ability to manage and survive. Parents who realise the demands, bend their expectations and dreams and try to do their fullest to help and support their child are mostly those who love and accept their kids’ differences. Families should stand beside their kids and do their best to give them a healthy and happy life which will assure the growth and acceptance of differently abled in our society.