Even though today’s FASD strategy tip or NB approach is huge, I won’t offer much to illustrate as it’s self-explanatory. It is a difficult one for parents of any child to follow. We want to instill values in our children – the values we hold near and dear – but your child is a unique individual with his or her own needs, wants and desires. Your job is to teach him/her, but also to let him/her be free to develop in his/her own way. Give your child the freedom on things that really don’t matter in the long term. Is not brushing her hair such a big deal?
Before I adopted the maiden a co-worker said to me: “If your daughter wants to wear a hat to bed, let her.” In other words, “don’t sweat the small stuff” and give your child some control over his or her own life.
A couple more days of NB approach tips before we move on to another focus. But don’t worry, we have lots of time left in our 99 day countdown to FASDay to offer more practical, as well as educational and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder awareness tips!