Day 17: Restoring Trust, Overcoming Parental Impatience

Welcome to day 17 of the 31 Days of Restoration: Spiritual and Emotional Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs. You can find the main page for this series here.

In a fast-paced world, we expect results immediately.

Replies to text messages, meals, financial gain. We want everything yesterday.

When we find that our child with special needs is progressing at a slow rate, it is difficult to keep the faith and to wait for things to happen in their own time.

We take our child to therapy and attend one meeting after another in the hopes of helping him achieve the next set of goals. When we don’t see results immediately, whether medically, physically, or cognitively, we can become discouraged and even start to doubt our role in this.

Can I do more? Am I holding him back? Should I do this? Or that? Am I doing the right thing?

We feel like a failure as a parent, but our child’s progress is not entirely our responsibility. We need to trust that he is doing his share, and so is God.

Affirmations for Restoring Trust and Overcoming Parental Impatience

  • Even though things are not progressing as quickly as I’d like them to, I am trusting the process.
  • My child is counting on me to trust the process.
  • I am patient.
  • My child expects me to be patient.
  • I allow things to transpire as they are meant to because I know there is growth in periods of rest.
  • I remain in the now and I enjoy this view.
  • I honor this waiting period.
  • I honor my child in this waiting period.
  • I get out of God’s way.
  • No matter what, I know I will be OK.
  • No matter what, my child will be OK.
  • No matter what, it will all be OK.

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