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Different Dream Parenting

Author : Jolene Philo
ISBN : 9781572937154
Genre : Religion
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Parenting can be difficult and tiring, especially when you have a special needs child with medical, behavioral, or educational issues. In Different Dream Parenting, author Jolene Philo offers guidance and encouragement through biblical insights and her own personal experiences. Find spiritual wisdom, practical resources, and tools that can help you become an extraordinary advocate for your child. Discover how you can move beyond the challenges and experience the joy of being your child’s biggest and best supporter.

A Different Kind Of Perfect

Author : Cindy Dowling
ISBN : 0834826100
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Every parent dreams of having a happy, healthy child. What happens when these dreams are shattered by a physical or cognitive disability? A Different Kind of Perfect offers comfort, consolation, and wisdom from parents who have been there—and are finding their way through. The writings collected here are grouped into chapters reflecting the progressive stages of many parents' emotional journeys, starting with grief, denial, and anger and moving towards acceptance, empowerment, laughter, and even joy. Each chapter opens with an introduction by Neil Nicoll, a child and family psychologist who specializes in development disorders.

Free Indeed

Author : Javier Alanis
ISBN : 9781506416106
Genre : Religion
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This beautiful, full-color devotional takes you through Lent with daily readings from Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. Each reading is accompanied by a photo, a quote to ponder, reflection, and prayer. Free Indeed invites you to reflect on Martin Luther’s guide to the basics of Christian faith during the Lenten season, and within the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Get Your Joy Back

Author : Laurie Wallin
ISBN : 9780825443398
Genre : Religion
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Parents of specials needs children are exhausted. They've done all the research, consulted all the experts, joined support groups, gotten counseling, fought for the best life for their children. Often just caring for their children's needs and attempting to maintain a home maxes out parents' mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves. Laurie Wallin knows firsthand the difficulties of this journey. With Get Your Joy Back, she steps forward to make a bold, audacious claim: in the midst of this long-term, intense task, it is still possible to have an abundant life, full of joy. The key to radically changing daily life and restoring joy to the weary is forgiveness. Wallin gives parents a lifeline to find that restoration, pulling them back to shore when they feel like they're drowning. This book is full of practical, biblical insights and strategies to shed the resentments that leave Christian special-needs parents themselves spiritually, emotionally, and socially drained. Wallin meets readers right where they are, sugar coating nothing, but addressing issues with honesty, humor, and—above all—hope.

No More Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Author : Jeff Davidson
ISBN : 1633570010
Genre : Religion
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What if the challenges, struggles, and trials in your life turned out to be God's stage for the biggest blessing of your life? What if the circumstances that bewildered and frustrated you the most brought you the closest you had ever been to God?

The Spiritual Art Of Raising Children With Disabilities

Author : Kathleen Deyer Bolduc
ISBN : 0817017445
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Author Kathleen Deyer Bolduc knows these feelings of helplessness from experience. She and her son navigated through his childhood and now approach yet another new life phase -- adulthood -- and all that entails. In The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities, Bolduc uses the metaphor of the mosaic to life as parents of children with disabilities. How do you rearrange the fragmented and chaotic pieces of your family into a perfectly whole and beautiful work of art? Readers are walked through the process using the spiritual disciplines to help you recognize God's presence in your life and regain the balance we all need. In this book, writer, parent, and spiritual director Kathleen Deyer Bolduc -- with honesty and humor, wisdom and wit -- invites the caregivers of children with disabilities to steep themselves in Scripture and self-reflection.

Un Special Needs

Author : Bev Linder
ISBN : 0692268294
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Are you tired of your child being defined by "special needs"? You know in your heart that there is a lot more to your beloved son or daughter than what might be their disability. There is, in fact, "a person in there," a person who is made in the image of God, and who has gifts, talents, and needs...special needs, yes, but more importantly, un-special needs! That is, needs that every kid has, and needs that often get overlooked because of the urgency of disability challenges. In this book, you are invited to turn your focus away from the all-encompassing, vortex-like pull of special needs, and to begin to focus more on the person who lives inside, who might not be often seen, because of the problems that surround him or her. God's Word applies to all people...to all kids...and in it, it is clear that no one is an accident, and that every person is made to touch lives and to, in some way, be a reflection of their Creator to the world in which they live.

Sand In My Sandwich

Author : Sarah Parshall Perry
ISBN : 9781441223081
Genre : Family & Relationships
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You know that thing when you're in Walmart at noon before you discover you haven't brushed your teeth? Sarah Parshall Perry gets that. She also gets weird things showing up in her bed, her daughter asking for war paint, and her son crawling into a giant blue sock on Christmas morning. Mainly, she gets that conflicted feeling of finding her kids hanging out in the dogs' cages and happily realizing they have stopped getting into trouble for a minute. According to Perry, "The hardest stuff is the quickest way to God," and readers get to watch the systematic destruction of her carefully planned life, laughing at her missteps, aching at her tragedies, and recognizing themselves along the way. A mother of three children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, she has experienced plenty of ups and downs, but from the chaos of her "ordinary" life she pulls the universal truths of motherhood, addressing them with humor, poignancy, and a naked honesty that will make the reader think, That sounds a lot like my crazy life. Perry helps mothers realize they aren't alone, even if they've fallen off the straight and narrow of their intended path and are instead lying in the ditch next to it. Life's a mess. But as Perry reminds us, it's all for a purpose. Perfect for mothers, this book will encourage, inspire, and enlighten.

Putting Children First

Author : JoAnne Pedro-Carroll
ISBN : 1101427388
Genre : Family & Relationships
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An internationally renowned authority on children and divorce reveals the latest research-based strategies for helping children survive and thrive before, during, and long after their parents divorce. The breakup of a family can have an enduring impact on children. But as Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll explains with clarity and compassion in this powerful book, parents can positively alter the immediate and long-term effects of divorce on their children. The key is proven, emotionally intelligent parenting strategies that promote children's emotional health, resilience, and ability to lead satisfying lives. Over the past three decades, Pedro-Carroll has worked with families in transition, conducted research, and developed and directed award- winning, court-endorsed programs that have helped thousands of families navigate divorce and its aftermath. Now she shares practical, research- based advice that helps parents: ?gain a deeper understanding of what their children are experiencing ?develop emotionally intelligent parenting strategies with the critical combination of boundless love and appropriate limits on behavior ?reduce conflict with a former spouse and protect children from conflict's damaging effects ?learn what recent brain research reveals about stress and children's developing capabilities Filled with the voices and drawings of children and the stories of families, Putting Children First delivers a positive vision for a future of hope and healing.

Every Child Welcome

Author : Katie Wetherbee
ISBN : 9780825443503
Genre : Religion
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A guide to children's ministry that serves families with special needs Jesus set a high standard when He said "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." The call is not limited to children who will sit quietly at His feet and listen, who color between the lines, who raise their hands and wait to be called upon, and who work at grade level. Children's ministries are responsible to be ready to bring children with disabilities to Jesus' feet too. "Every Child Welcome" is the guide for leaders and volunteers to assist in purposeful planning and skill development for a ministry inclusive of children with unique needs. Experienced children's ministry leaders, and parents of special-needs children themselves, the authors are superbly equipped to offer a thoughtful, thorough approach to creating a positive environment for children--one where all children will be able to digest the important concepts being taught. For leaders and volunteers, "Every Child Welcome" will provide the knowledge and tools to - create a welcoming environment before kids arrive - help children learn more effectively by connecting new information to what they already know - reinforce the main idea of a lesson, building background knowledge and reviewing important concepts - supplement instruction with hands-on activities to increase attention and participation - reinforce and wrap up an activity effectively

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