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My son asked me last night, if I treat him differently because he has a disability?  I was shocked and offended.  This all because he wants his bedtime changed.  He tried to play the guilt card.  It didn’t work.

I proceeded to give him a lecture about why he had to have 11 hours of sleep a night, which he did not like and I got the “but all my friends blah blah blah“.  Are they starting this stuff earlier or was I just not prepared?

Jeffrey has never been treated differently becaus of his CP.  So where did that come from?  He could have thrown just about anything else at me, and I wouldn’t have flinched.  Is this what I am going to get hit with every time he doesn’t get his own way now?  Because this is not the child I raised.

My mother raised 11 of us.  I wonder what she would do with this one?


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      AnneMarie Kimberling wrote Nov 11, 2008
    • Well - he’s bound to assert his independance... and to find everything possible wrong with his parents...  Didn’t we all do that in some way along our journey to maturity (and I say maturity instead of adulthood!)...  It sounds like you handled it well... don’t beat up on yourself...  Just love him... and trust your heart - and think before you speak (when at all possible!)...  And know that a lot of this is normal behavior - even if it’s not preferred...  And above all, be full of patience and grace...

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      Cindy Stewart Penkoff wrote Nov 11, 2008
    • you give me far to much credit.  Patience is not my strong point and Jeffrey and I are far too close.  Walking away works best.


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