Excerpt from “Accelerator”, Accelerated Christian Education, Aug-Sep, pg 7
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Each child is a precious gift from the Lord, but sometimes character flaws, disabilities, or limitations can cloud our perspective. Weariness can set in, and we can lose sight of the miracle of each life. Galatians 6:9 exhorts us, “And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” However, daily challenges often make it difficult to see past the dark places to the future blessings down the road.
Our families will face many situations, but we must remember that the answer to each situation is found in God’s Word. His strength and peace can carry us through any trial if we will trust Him for the answers. Just knowing that He is always there with us can give us the power we need to move forward.
As our children mature, it is important for us to keep a watchful eye on their development. When caught in the early stages, many physical and academic limitations can be dealt with, lessening the adverse effects on future success. Parents are often the ones who initially notice something unusual in the development of their child. Bringing this to the attention of your doctor will help him in assessing your child’s overall progress.
However, it can be harmful for parents to hide the truth from those who need the information to work with their child on a daily basis. If your child has been diagnosed with a limitation or disorder, be open about it with your child’s pastor or principal. Your child can then get the encouragement and help necessary for him to succeed. By being aware of his limitations, the staff will be able to adjust their approach and meet your child’s needs better.
A key factor that you, as a parent, can do to help your child succeed is to be involved! Be your child’s number one advocate. Be sure to attend school events for parents, and take full advantage of conferences with your child’s supervisor. Make sure you understand the information presented, and ask questions if you are unclear on details of your child’s growth. if your child has needs that you do not feel are being met at school, discuss them with his supervisor. many problems stem from a lack of communication, so be willing to share your concerns openly. Listen in a non-defensive way to the concerns and suggestions the staff may have regarding your child’s progress.
When you return home from a conference, when appropriate and after prayer, speak calmly with your child about the things discussed. Have a loving understanding on a daily basis; show your concern by discussing his day and what he is learning. Love to a child is spelled: t-I-m-e! Take the time to show your child that he is a priority in your life, and you will see the results in his attitude and confidence level.
Our ultimate goal as parents is to help our children be the very best they can be. The Lord has a special plan for each child. Let’s work together to help your child realize his fullest potential to the glory of God!