Everyone is Talking
About what well-rounded inclusion looks like.
Why do I care?
There isn’t one child who is the same. If you get to know the families in your neighborhood and schools, we’re betting you might find a good bit of diversity, and we’re not only talking about culture, race, religion, or that your kid is stubborn and mine is totally chill. We’re also talking about the kid down the street with a noticeable physical or developmental difference from his peers. There is beauty in all this diversity.
Tell me more.
Parents with special needs children are well-versed in working towards accommodations that help their children in a classroom setting or at home while they are growing up through their elementary, middle and high school years, but there are new (exciting) layers of inclusion that have kids and their parents looking forward to their future. Here are a few of the awesome things we found popping up:
- Colleges are beginning to build programs designed for children with special needs to enjoy the college culture, while also getting an education that is designed for helping them reach their full potential. This young lady, who has down syndrome, was just accepted to college. Her acceptance video recently went viral.
- Fashion brands like Tommy Hilfiger have created adaptive clothing lines to assist children who have physical disabilities with dressing themselves independently and/or with more ease.
- Brands are beginning to select children of all abilities for their fashion shows and advertising campaigns with the help of organizations like Changing the Face of Beauty which is changing the advertising landscape as a whole.
The Kids are Alright
When you start to have kids, you are warned about the terrible twos, the horrible threes and there’s a mention about the teen years being pretty rough. For those of us who have weathered those younger years, we’re bracing for the next phase and we’re going…backwards. One expert, Abigail Baird has written about the so-called ‘Terrible Twelves’, (yes, this is a thing) and she likens it to toddlerhood. Just as toddlers start to experience the need for new freedoms and experiences, so do our beloved teens. They too, have a hard time regulating their temperament and impulse control just as they once did as toddlers. Is it us, or does it feel like Ground Hog Day around here?
That all being said, apparently, this generation of teens is faring just as well as any previous generation, according to some experts. So, don’t go and hide your kids in a bunker until they are 45, m’kay?
Let’s talk about dads, daughters and how that dynamic will change as those daughters begin to go through puberty. Just one time, we think it’s prudent to send dad to the store on an errand for supplies… just once, like this poor dad, it’s so worth it.
Language warning: If you’re offended by a few choice words this may not be your deal – otherwise, priceless!
Yes, a donut is a good enough breakfast, just throw some sliced apple on the side. Of course a lunchable will do for their lunch – you can pack something ‘healthy’ tomorrow. Raise your hand if lucky charms and bologna sandwiches were staples in your home as a kid and you’re still rocking this life? We rest our case.
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