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Gratitude Brings Us Together!

There is a beautiful quote that states:


 

As we enter the month of October and prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, let us be especially grateful for all that we have, including the unexpected blessings we have received in our lives– like our children with disabilities!   

At the Children’s Link Society, we appreciate that it can often be difficult for parents to find gratitude for something they didn’t sign up for in the first place.  The special needs journey is not immediately embraced by many – but it is possible for us to learn to love it and even be grateful for it!

Developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is one of the simplest ways to improve our overall levels of satisfaction in life.  But thankfulness is not only an emotional experience – it is also a practical tool. Practicing gratitude can help us sleep better, lower stress, develop positive relationships, and generally lead healthier lives. 

By default, it’s common for parents of children with special needs to focus on the challenges we face each day.  However, it is also possible to develop a practice of appreciating the positives and acknowledging the small beauties in the present moment.
 

CLICK HERE to have a laugh while reading an article by Terri Mauro, titled:
20 Things a Parent of a Child with Special Needs Can Be Thankful For 

 

The blessings of having a child with special needs are many.  Over the years, my son has helped me develop many positive qualities I wouldn’t have otherwise possessed, and he has shaped me into a better human being.  What positive ways have you grown from parenting your child with a disability? 

Please – don’t feel bad if you can’t come up with any positives yet (or at this moment).  If you are in a place where you are struggling to identify the joys of being a parent of a child with special needs – that’s OK.  Just as dealing with loss and grieving is a process, so is learning to find little things to be thankful for each day. 

You are not alone!  The staff at Children’s Link is here to listen, support, and connect you with others who can empathize, walk alongside you, and provide you with HOPE as you move forward. 

We will be offering a full-day workshop on Thursday, November 18/21 called Different Dreams Retreat. This is a chance for moms of children with special needs – at any stage or age – to share, learn and relax with one another.  For more information CLICK HERE to view the flyer and to register for this opportunity to process, grieve, and celebrate together. 

In closing, I’d like to share a video of gratitude with you, for your role as a parent of a child with special needs.  We celebrate you today and we THANK you for all you do to make the lives of your children, your families, and our communities richer. We are truly, “Better Together”! 

 

CLICK HERE to view this short video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqsHHRDBlEM 

 

If you are looking for a fun gratitude activity for your family – and a wonderful Thanksgiving decoration as well, CLICK HERE. You can either use this in a paper format or find a beautiful vase and some tree branches and create a 3-D Gratitude Tree, decorated with paper leaves (upon which everyone in the family can record the things they are most grateful for). 

Gratitude Tree Printable

 

 

Wishing you an abundant life and a heart full of gratitude this month and always, 

Sandra Cicman 

Community Resources

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