Guest Post by the wonderful and full-of-imagination Renata Bowers; Special Gifts = An Extraordinary Story
Special Gifts = An Extraordinary Story
You are the parent of an extraordinary child. Of course, you already know that.However, words like “special” mean something different to you than they do to some. There are days when it would seem that you are the only one who understands the difference between “special” and extraordinary.
How do you rise above the communication challenges and convey to your child that they were created to live a wonderful life?
I wrote my first children’s book, Frieda B. Herself (www.friedab.com) as a springboard to a discussion with children (and adults) - to inspire them to dream their dreams big and get in touch with that which makes them unique and wonderful.
I go to schools and speak with children often. It’s what I believe I was created to do. Here is a bit of what I say. I hope that it is helpful to you as you encourage your child to seek out and live out the things that bring them joy.
You – yes, you – have a story inside you. A really special story that only you can tell. And you’re meant to tell it your whole life long.
But. You have to believe that you have a story in order to tell it.
Now, in order to find your story and tell it, you must dream your dreams big and believe they can be. .
Here’s how it works.
First of all, you must know: You have special gifts tucked away in your heart and your mind and your arms and your legs and your eyes and maybe even your feet. Gifts that make you who you are. Like a runner, a hugger, a reader, a joke-teller, an explorer, a baker, a builder, a painter. And your combination of gifts is unlike anyone else’s. That special combination is the key to your story.
So how do you begin to figure out and tell your story? Simple. Listen to – and follow – and dream about – what you love. With all your heart. Dream big, about who you can be, what you can do, that will make the world a better, brighter place.
And don’t – don’t -- worry about what other kids love that you don’t. They’re them. You’re you. And the best part of all is that your gifts and their gifts combined can tell an even more wonderful, bigger, better story, together.
So don’t be who you aren’t. Be who you are. Love what you’re meant to love, do what you’re meant to do.
Do this, and you, my dear and wonderful friend, will be well on your way to blessing the world with the beautiful story you carry inside you.
Oh, it's true.
I believe in you.
Dream Your Dreams Big
and Believe They Can Be,
Renata is the author of “Frieda B. Herself.” Her website is www.friedab.com..
Casey Burgess has a B.Sc.in Psychology, an M.A. in Education (Curriculum and Instruction), and a Ph.D. in progress in Education (Cognition and Learning). She has 20 years experience with direct service, curriculum development, workshop facilitation, and supervisory experience supporting children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders, and their families. She currently frames her work using a developmental, relationship-based, self-regulation lens.