Parenting a developmentally disabled child in day-to-day life

Pastor Jimmy Bartz offers advice to parents who have a developmentally disabled child
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Parenting a developmentally disabled child in day-to-day life

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Parenting a mentally retarded child or a developmentally disabled child is not easy. There's sort of an old tale that gets retold within the community of special needs parents that you get on a plane bound for London, but you wake up in Mumbai. It's such a different experience. And it's not that there's anything wrong with the experience, but the experience is so different from what you expect or you imagine. So if I was communicating anything to parents who have just received a diagnosis like this or engaging the challenges around parenting a mentally retarded or developmentally disabled child, I would say hold in place each location, whether it's London or Mumbai, each child, whether they're regularly developing or they have special needs, is a wonderful gift, both fraught with challenge and fraught with joy. Seek out opportunities to cultivate joy both in your children's lives and in your parenting practices.

Pastor Jimmy Bartz offers advice to parents who have a developmentally disabled child

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Jimmy is the founder and convener of Thad’s—a spiritual community meeting on Sunday mornings in The Writer’s Bootcamp in Santa Monica. An ordained Episcopal priest, Jimmy has spent most of his professional life leading communities in the work of making a love-spreading difference in the world that surrounds them.

His recent work includes studying the relationship between the outdoors and positive, psycho-spiritual health. When not in the office, he can be found in the ocean or in the mountains, usually with his wife, Cindy, or his two children, Jas and Jade.

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