Who doesn't love to dine at different restaurants? The opportunities to explore different foods, learn of different cultures, or simply remain loyal to your all-time favorites, are ones we should all experience. Going to restaurants with children can be difficult, there’s boredom which leads to whining, crying, and all sorts of undesirable behaviors. It’s even harder for families of children with disabilities, therefore, dining out is often avoided.
Sometimes the most well-intentioned comments, statements, or inquiries can offend parents of children with disabilities. You may think you’re being nice and helpful, but you may end up hurting someone’s feelings instead.
Doctors heal, educators teach, and police officers protect. A parent’s role in their child’s life embodies all the skills of the occupations mentioned, but a parent’s love is one of the most valuable treasures in a child’s life. If you back a parent up into a corner, when it comes to insuring their child is safe and loved, you might as well be challenging a grizzly bear. If you’re not sure where I’m going with this, then please allow me to enlighten you with a literary stroll that chronicles the extraordinary outcomes of impassioned parents who, when it came to protecting their children, they didn’t take “no” for an answer. Parents, when they are well informed and have mastered the art of effective communication, are super advocates that can ignite systemic change faster than the spread of a wild forest fire.
Author: Christine Goulbourne