Attitude Adjustment — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

Attitude Adjustment

by Heather P


Happy November, Friends!

(How did this happen? Wasn’t it just January?)

The past few months have been sort of rough for us. For some reason, it seems like everything we’ve done, or tried to do, went horribly wrong. When things don’t go the way I envision them, I tend to get–shall we say–moody? Maybe not moody, but it makes me upset, because I am such a perfectionist (character flaw) that I want everything to go just the right way!

Boom. It hit me.

That is how it is to be our children. I’m sure that, somewhere in their bodies, they think “I want things to go right…for once!”

We focus so much on how to make the world better for them…and I think we sometimes forget to acknowledge the difficulty and emotions they must conquer daily. Some kids can’t verbalize this. I understand that. But maybe sometimes, a scream, or a bite, or a meltdown is just their way of saying, “Dang it! I need to be grumpy! This is not the way it should go!”

So, I’m vowing to change my attitude.

I’m going to spend this month–the month of Giving Thanks–to do just that. I want to be aware of the things that I am truly grateful for.

Today, I’m grateful for:

* A husband that puts up with me no matter what.

* Children who are not embarrassed to have the mom who wears pajamas to go to car line!

* Family who sends casseroles on rough days.

* Florida—where I can complain if it dips below 70 degrees!

* Our country–the place where we get to vote, we get to practice our chosen religion, and we get to see the human spirit soar through adversity.

What are you thankful for? (I’m thankful for YOU too!)

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Heather is a mom of two, wife, and nurse educator doing what she can to save the day! She lives in Orlando where she is routinely spotted driving while singing ABBA--all on a mission to advocate and educate!

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1 Elise Klink November 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Having a job I love to do teaching with children!

2 Mary S November 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm

A husband who has stuck with us through everything including 2 autism diagnosis’s.
Two loving son’s after the doc’s said I couldn’t have children.
My hubby’s job.
A God who loves and forgives me no matter how bad I mess up.
5 minutes for special needs and the people who post,so that I always remember that I am not alone,when things are really going haywire like they are now.

3 Charity November 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

I’m thankful for a roof over our heads and the ability to provide for my seven children even after having lost all of our financial security. And for the opportunity to rebuild our lives again.

4 Maggie November 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I’m thankful for wonderfully imperfect children, an imperfect but loving husband, for being wildly imperfect myself and, most of all, for God’s grace in seeing fit to mostly spare my family any significant damage during Hurricane Sandy that hit us hard here on the south shore of Long Island. Though we were not entirely unscathed I am SO Beyond thankful for the loss of only ONE of my family’s houses and for the loss of only 12 days of power. There are SO many who lost SO MUCH more! Grateful for ALL I have, and all I have been spared!

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