My Child’s Different seems a comforting slice of wisdom, which many parents may devour with relish. Being a parent at times may be a giant jigsaw puzzle, scrabbling around for the correct pieces, deciding how and where to gather the parts of the puzzle may actually ‘fit’ and allowed to move on happily to complete the overall picture. However, what happens when a piece of that puzzle is missing? When the edges are unable to fit together and realising unique? When a child is ‘different’?
If it is a jigsaw puzzle, a parent may move on and find some other way of occupying their time. However, when this metaphorical puzzle is ones own child and the chiselled edges are unable to match up properly, it may be time to take a different look at life. It may be time to step up to a positive challenge and realise having a unique approach life and parenthood in a different way to the norm may be a healthier route.
‘My Child’s Different’ may be all about this. How a positive approach to parenting may help parents (and grandparents) of kids with a variety of mind-sets, to make the most out of life and become wonderful adults. What Elaine Halligan seems to achieve successfully in this new penning, is to prove to others ‘alphabet kids’ (those with a list of acronymed conditions to their name), are like the rest…..take a positive and enthusiastic approach to their lives and they may demonstrate how wonderful they may be.
From the outset of this book, Elaine aims to welcomes the reader into her life – like a loving friend inviting one over to dinner. She aims to open up and lovingly retells her story; the story of her firstborn, Sam, and how his being ‘different’ to the norm, made life complicated. Many parents may welcome her candour and this book may open the eyes of many parents embarking on the parental journey which Elaine describes.
And how refreshing and heart-lifting it is to hear what Elaine has to say, the words may literally elate parent’s hearts as they journey through the pages of Elaine and Sam’s life. The reason? Because, Elaine kept going. She never allowed her son’s ‘labelling’ to become a justification for his behaviour. Instead, she aims to prove how being flexible, listening, learning and being willing avoid ‘conforming’ to what society tells one to do, may enable parents to raise their kids (uniqueness) with joy and success.
Adding additional sprinkles of enlightenment about positive parenting are interjections from parenting expert, Melissa Hood; making this a book which may be relevant and engaging to parents of all children.
For any parent, grandparent or carer – this may be a definite book to read. ‘My Child’s Different’ by Elaine Halligan is out now £12.99.