HOPE…What Every Parent Wants
Every single parent you’ll encounter today, tomorrow, this week, and next year is looking for the SAME thing…
They all want hope.
Hope that whatever is going on with their child will get better.
Hope that you have answers they don’t.
Don’t believe me?
Then start listening to what parents say…
“I’ve told my pediatrician for months that my child is not saying very much, and he keeps telling me he’s not concerned.” (Meaning… I hope there’s nothing wrong.)
“My friend’s little girl is saying way more than my son is, but I know he’s a boy and that all kids are different.” (Meaning… Please give me hope that he’ll catch up!)
“Do you think my kid will ever talk?” (Meaning… Is there any hope?)
HOPE is powerful for parents.
It overcomes negativity, helplessness, and even fear.
It overrides that voice within us, and sometimes, those loud voices around us!
As therapists, I believe one of our most important jobs is helping parents learn to hear the sheer relief that hope can bring above all the other noise.
Now, in case your outlook leans a little on the cynical side these days…
I’m not talking about hope in the sense of false hope, delusional fantasies, or even patronizing placates like the things parents of late talkers hear continuously…
“Einstein talked late.”
“My neighbor told me his child didn’t talk until he was 7 and now he’s a doctor.”
or even worse…
“You’re overreacting. Forget about it and he’ll talk one day when he’s ready.”
I mean realistic hope.
Hope that’s entirely believable.
Hope that speaks these kinds of messages…
Instead of “No,” hope says, “Maybe.”
Instead of “Quit,” hope says, “Try again.”
Instead of “This won’t work either,” hope says, “It could.”
I want to be the kind of person who speaks hope.
Not only for my little clients and their families, but for me too!
Life’s disappointments are much easier to handle when you can see past your current circumstances.
Hope helps you get there.
I want to be that kind of person.
An ambassador of hope.
A beacon of hope.
A voice of hope.
I bet you do too!
We offer lots of hope for parents at teachmetotalk.com. If you haven’t recommended teachmetotalk.com‘s resources for your families, I’ll be sending out a tool tomorrow to help you do that!
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