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Pervasive Parenting
By Kodey Toney


I have a Bible app on my phone, and try to read it everyday. If anyone has used it you know there are plans to follow, and I try to do that as well. So, this morning I was reading and something about this particular lesson hit me as something I could relate to easily. I thought I would share.

This passage said, imagine riding a bicycle. If you keep looking behind, or focus straight down, you will inevitably end up crashing into something. It’s important to keep looking forward and engage in the new things that God is doing.

I think as a parent of any child, but especially one with special needs, this is true. Don’t look in the past. If you have made mistakes, and we all do, then learn from them. For newly diagnosed families I say don’t look in the past. It wasn’t anything you did that caused the disorder.

Don’t focus down. Keep your head up. I always tell people in my trainings that I’m not a perfect dad, but I try really hard. I think that’s all you can do, so keep your head up even when you feel like you haven’t done your best.

Keep looking forward. You can’t change anything that’s already happened. You can only work to make tomorrow.

One of my favorite sayings is something along the lines of this; I’m not in a competition with anyone. I only want to make sure that I’m a better person today than I was yesterday.
I hope to that you are trying to help your child be better than yesterday too.



David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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