Day 18: Cultivating Gratitude, Overcoming Parental Discontentment

Welcome to day 18 of the 31 Days of Restoration: Spiritual and Emotional Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs. You can find the main page for this series here.

The What to Expect When You’re Expecting book never has parents expecting a diagnosis for their child. It certainly didn’t for me. I learned to hate the sight of that book on my coffee table after my son’s birth.

No matter how much we love our child, the pangs of disappointment come in waves that can knock the wind out of us.

We often feel ashamed to tell others about how sad we truly are because we never want to appear ungrateful for this wonderful little person we are raising.

We just hurt so profoundly.

We’re disappointed for him that he cannot have the same opportunities as other children.

We think about all the things he will miss out on later on in life like a romantic relationship, or a wedding day, or having a baby of his own.

I make a conscious effort daily to be grateful for all that he can do so that I don’t crawl too deeply into the rabbit hole of sadness and disappointment.

Affirmations for Cultivating Gratitude and Overcoming Parental Discontentment

  • Even though I hurt for my child who does not have the same opportunities as other children, I look for the miracles his life brings to me and to others.
  • I find the joy in my child’s eyes, and I see life from his point of view.
  • I know God has plans for my child, too.
  • I delight in every moment as my child delights in every moment.
  • I am grateful.
  • No matter what, I know I will be OK.
  • No matter what, my child will be OK.
  • No matter what, it will all be OK.

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