Talking to your children about their special needs

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It's a hard conversation to have with your child. How do you tell them that they're different from everybody else without making them feel so different? Tell them stories, and I've got a great one. Moses, the greatest leader of the Jewish people, had a stutter. That was the label he was born with, but that was not his lasting legacy. His legacy was what he modeled for everyone. So, give your children all the role models that struggle with their differences, and show them what they've become. Because what you want to tell your child is, "You are not your label. You are becoming, and that the wide world is open to you."

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Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

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Rabbi Sherre Hirsch is a mother of four, author, speaker, TV personality, teacher and the spiritual life consultant for Canyon Ranch.  After eight years at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, she stepped out from behind the formal podium to share her message in all kinds of pulpits from The Today Show to a small baptist church in Alabama.  She published her first book, We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head in 2008; her second book will be published in early 2013. Rabbi Hirsch spends her free time practicing yoga, baking brownies and playing freeze dance with her husband and children.

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