Parenting—ah, the ultimate balancing act. It's like riding a bike through a maze with ever-changing paths. And if your kiddo happens to be wired a bit differently—neurodivergent, as they say—well, that maze gets even twistier. Join us as we tackle the highs, lows, and empowering moments of this unique journey of parenting uniquely wired minds.
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Guiding Through Different "Bikes"
Parenting a neurodivergent child is like teaching them to ride a bike. You start with the training wheels, guiding them as they wobble and find their balance. Each stage of a neurodivergent child's growth is like a different bike—a customized journey where some stages need more wheels while others require fewer. Here’s the thing, though—there's no manual telling you precisely how much support your child needs at each turn. Wouldn’t that make life simpler?
Homework and ADHD
Take homework, for instance. A child with ADHD might struggle to sit still for long, making homework a whirlwind. You want to step in, but you also know they’ve got to learn to focus. It's like riding alongside them, offering tips, but letting them steer that homework bike.
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Social Challenges and Autism
Then there's the social side. Maybe your child with autism finds making friends challenging. You’re tempted to orchestrate playdates, but you also know they’ve got to navigate social cues. So, you gently nudge, suggesting ways to start conversations. You’re the coach on the sidelines, cheering them on, but they're the ones in the game.
Support vs. Empowerment
The trick? Finding the balance between support and empowerment. Knowing when to step in and when to let them pedal forward on their own unique journey. And hey, you'll stumble sometimes. You might think they're ready to ride without training wheels, and oops, they take a spill. But that's part of learning and growing.
Comparing your child or your parenting journey to others? It’s a trap! What’s "easier" for one family might not be the same for yours. Your child's journey might take a few detours, but that’s okay! Your way is just as valid as anyone else's.
Validating Your Journey
Your child isn't behind, they're just on their own track. And you? You're doing your best, crafting your own playbook for this incredible, unique journey. It's about embracing the path you and your child are traveling together.
Crafting Your Own Path & Emabracing the Ride
Navigating the twists and turns of raising a uniquely wired mind, take heart. Your journey might not look like anyone else’s, but that's what makes it beautiful. It's about celebrating the unique, carving your own path, and enjoying the ride—bumps, detours, and all.
I want you to know that I see you; your hard work doesn't go unnoticed, even if the rewards might not be evident at this moment. You're not alone; there's support and a lot of love available. If this post resonates with you, I'd be honored to be your coach. Join FFFB now. FFFB stands for Free Friday Feel Better Life Coaching Sessions, which are exclusively for mothers raising neurotypical children and foster moms. Sign up HERE and begin the journey towards feeling better—for both you and your children. Sending LOTS of love your way. Want to know more about FFFB? Click HERE