A Little Something Extra

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"I only have Down syndrome sometimes..."

Most of my readers who have a child with Down syndrome have likely seen this blog link already.  It's a FABULOUS reminder that our kids are not to be defined by this pesky and perky extra chromosome.

But we ALL can find some great encouragement through this post.  The root argument is that for those of us who are prone to over-parenting our children... don't.  And don't put them in a box based on a diagnosis... or a character trait... or birth order... or whatever.

I'm definitely not saying we should have a boundary-less parenting philosophy.  I think the key is having the wisdom to know when those boundary lines can be pushed out.

Thank you, Dave Hingsburger, for eavesdropping.  You shared something we ALL need to hear.

6 comments:

Jonathan said...

Wow, that was a great post he wrote. Short with a big impact. Thanks for sharing it.

Amy

Angela said...

What a great story- and an awesome reminder to all parents to quit hovering, to allow them to do more, to trust that they can. I'm guilty of "doing more" than I should because it's easier or I don't realize my kids can do it on their own- and I often find myself pleasantly surprised when they attempt and succeed at doing something all on their own.

Monica said...

I, too, shared this on my blog a few weeks ago. LOVE it! What an awesome perspective that teenager has.

my family said...

Jennie, Thank you for your sweet coment on fb, I dont get on anymore but all of my messages do go through.Thank you for your concern and I will let everyone know how the IEP goes on Thrusday.

patsy said...

found your blog ---your boys are too cute!! we have 3 girls and our youngest, maggie rae is also blessed with a magic chromosome. saw your nashville tshirts--we live about an hour out of nashville, too funny! most blogs i have found are not near tennessee! our blog is www.missmaggierae.blogspot.com--hope you can pop over sometime!

patsy said...

your boys are too cute--we have 3 girls and our youngest, maggie rae is blessed with a magic chromosome. saw your nashville tshirts---to funny! we live about an hour out of nashville. our blog is www.missmaggierae.blogspot.com--hope you can check it out--