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We are role models for our sons and daughters, and they often take their cues from us. Dealing with challenges using compassion, humor and common sense helps us live more balanced lives and teaches them coping skills that will help them through life whether they outgrow their childhood challenges or carry them forward.
Besides learning all about the specific diagnosis, moms often take on the responsibility of informing the rest of the family, keeping medical and educational professionals up to date on the latest developments in research and practice, and finding support for everyone in the family who is affected.
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As children grow, perspectives change. Established activities and a narrow focus on the diagnosis might not blend in well with family dynamics; there may be new issues during times of transition, and different challenges may arise out of the blue. Staying connected can make a big difference in the choices we make while our children grow. Later on, we might find ourselves laughing about some of the dramas of the past. Connecting online with other parents who have the potential to become lifelong friends is an opportunity that can enrich the quality of our lives no matter what happens. Remember that we all deserve some peace and joy every day.
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