Parents! Want to know how to make it? These commandments were written for parents with children with serious (physical) disabilities, but they apply to you too.
- Thou art thy child’s best and most consistent advocate.
- Thou hast valuable information about your child. Professionals need your input.
- Thou shalt put it in writing and keep a copy.
- Thou shalt not hesitate to contact a higher authority if you can’t get the help you need.
- Thou shalt keep records.
- Thou shalt seek out information on your child’s condition.
- Thou shalt have permission to be less than perfect.
- Thou shalt not become a martyr, thus, thou shalt take a break now and then.
- Thou shalt maintain a sense of humor.
- Thou shalt always remember to tell people when they are doing a good job.
- Thou shalt encourage thy child to make decisions, because one day, he or she will need to do so on their own.
- Thou shalt love thy child, even when they don’t seem lovable.
– – – – – – – This is a revised version of “The 12 Commandments…” published by the Pacer Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) for children with physical and medical disabilities. www.pacer.org.