I’m preparing a post about my dad, for this blog and A Conservative Christian Man. In the middle of all that, I keep coming up with stories of incredible parenting by people with special needs kids. Also stories of feloniously poor parenting by selfish adults.
I teach special education, but don’t have special needs children at home. A special, and random pat on the back for those parents whose children may not graduate at the top, finish the race first, or climb the ladder swiftly.
UPDATE: Gus Bailey provided this in the comments:
Almighty God, giver of life and love, bless all Mothers and Fathers; Grant them wisdom and devotion in the ordering of their common life, that each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in perplexity, a comfort in sorrow, and a companion in joy. And so knit their wills together in your will and their spirits in your Spirit, that they may live together in love and peace all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.