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As a parent, your children often overwhelm your life. This can be compounded by the stress of having a special needs child or the need to encourage a child who is older or gifted. Learning some effective tools to manage your stress can help, as can encouraging a child to live up to their potential. Using rewards, praise, and positive influence can help any parent deal with their children while maintaining their own sanity.
Special needs children, as well as gifted or older children, have their set of needs and respond differently. Utilizing special activities and awards can be helpful. The key is determining the most effective method of encouraging your particular child. Consider, for example, a special needs girl who is struggling with learning to read. Using a book, such as ‘Angelina Ballerina’ in combination with a special gift, such as ballerina doll shoes, can provide the child with a reward while encouraging them to read.
This same concept can be used for any child; the secret is determining what motivates your particular child and finding a suitable activity. Gifted children may respond a museum or library trip. Special needs children may be better suited to educational games. Take the time to find out what your child considers an award.
Remember that job number one of every mommy is learning the fine art of encouraging a child. Learning how to do this will not only help prepare your child for a more successful life, it will help you better manage potentially stressful children. Being a mommy doesn’t have to mean being frustrated.