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Tag Archives: Parents
Our kids (and families) aren’t defined by a diagnosis…
Your child is not defined by their diagnosis. They’re the same kid that they were when they got up this morning, with the same strengths, weaknesses, gifts and talents. As Christians, we’re defined by who we are in Christ. Their diagnosis is not their identity. Continue reading
“Thinking Orange”…A Parent’s Perspective-Mike Woods
I could list a handful of wonderful gifts that you give my children by providing a special needs ministry. Today, however, I’d like to share with you four wonderful gifts that you bless my wife Linda and I with by providing a special needs ministry to our children and by being a welcoming church: Continue reading
Faces of the movement…Jeff Davidson
He’ll talk about the differences in men and women as it relates to being parents of a child with special needs. He’ll discuss how men and women are wired differently, think differently, and react differently to being a parent of a child with special needs. Continue reading
The Shootings in Chardon
We as parents are doing a very poor job of raising kids whose actions reflect the values we profess to hold and demonstrate the resilience to navigate a hostile culture. Continue reading
Posted in Families, Uncategorized Tagged Chardon High School, cruelty, families, kids, Parents, resilience, shooting 3 Comments
Guest Blogger Jolene Philo…Back to the Basics
As I interviewed parents and compiled their stories, one thing became very clear. The families who coped most successfully were those who had gone from viewing their children’s special needs as burdens to seeing them as blessings. The basics of an effective support system can help lift a family’s burdens and be an integral part of that necessary transformation. Continue reading
Kids With Aggressive Behavior at Church…How Can Parents Help?
Parents of kids at risk for aggressive behavior have responsibilities they should meet in order for everyone (their child, other children, volunteers and church staff) to have a God-honoring experience that promotes Kingdom building and spiritual growth. Here are four steps parents can take to help improve the likelihood their child will be safely and successfully included in church programming and activities… Continue reading
Kids With Aggressive Behavior…What’s it Like For Their Parents?
Bottom line…families of kids with maladaptive aggression have lots of needs. They need a welcoming church where they can grow spiritually so that they can fulfill their responsibilities as the primary faith trainers to their other children. They have relational needs. They need Christian community, but they also need time to build their relationships with one another. They also need a place where they feel accepted. Continue reading
Should Christian Parents Only Use Christian Mental Health Professionals?
I think the critical issue for parents who have a kid in need of mental health care is finding a clinician with a track record of demonstrating excellence in what they do, regardless of that person’s belief system. Continue reading
Posted in Mental Health, Parents, Strategies, Uncategorized Tagged Christian, church, Inclusion, Key Ministry, mental health, Parents, spiritual development, Stephen Grcevich MD 7 Comments
Are Parents of Kids With ADHD Stigmatized at Church?
Earlier this week, Shannon Dingle had a wonderful post on her blog The Works of God Displayed (I’d highly encourage readers of this blog to subscribe to Shannon’s blog) on perceptions of folks in the church about the diagnosis of ADHD. I’d encourage you to read her post, because I’m challenged to express my opinions as eloquently as she did on her blog. I very much appreciate as well the comments on her blog from a pastor (Perry) who was willing to give voice to some of the thoughts and feelings Shannon was seeking to describe in her post.
Posted in ADHD, Controversies, Families, Hidden Disabilities, Inclusion, Key Ministry Tagged ADHD, Inclusion, Key Ministry, Parents, Shannon Dingle, Stephen Grcevich MD, stigma, The Works of God Displayed 3 Comments
“Thinking Orange”…A Parent’s Perspective-Mike Woods from Making Room
You are God’s gift to families who have a child with autism. God calls people just like you to Himself, and then blesses you with the purpose of becoming part of a community of Christ-followers focused on helping “the least of these” (Matt. 25:40). In Scripture God calls his people to live out the gospel pattern of welcome and generosity. “Therefore, “ Paul says, “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Ro.15:7). Continue reading
Posted in Autism, Families, Hidden Disabilities, Inclusion, Key Ministry, Parents Tagged Autism, Church4EveryChild, Family Ministry, Key Ministry, Making Room, Mike Woods, Parents, Think Orange 5 Comments