Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs by Jolene Philo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
"Parents of children with chronic or critical medical conditions, behavioral issues, or educational needs face special challenges. But sometimes finding needed resources is discouraging, frustrating, or exhausting. In this helpful book, the author--herself a parent who has raised a special needs child--gives those parents and families practical help, extensive advice about resources, and encouraging spiritual guidance. Different Dream Parenting shows parents how to ask questions and conduct research so they can unearth local resources and those that are available at hospitals, medical facilities, government agencies, private organizations, businesses, schools, churches, and more. The author and other experienced parents and professionals also share what they've learned about asking, listening, and waiting for spiritual answers or encouragement."
Parents of special needs kids have different needs. Most mainstream parenting books need not apply. The author shares her own experiences as a mother of a child with a medical condition. She has been in the position of having to make major medical decisions on the spot. No time for research time can not be spared decisions that most parents will never have to make.
No matter your child's need, life threatening or not this is a different parenting book that understands the frustrations of getting the right services, being told no, and helps to come up with the right questions.
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