Blog  /   Archive: Special Needs

12
Mar
2014
Do you know the dance steps, Cindi Ferrini, Family Matters, Grace based parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  Raising a son with special needs (age 32) has allowed us to work together on a lot of different levels and on different issues. So when our daughter and son-in-law, who were living with us, went to the hospital to deliver their second child, we went into our dance!   We’d just gotten back […]

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26
Feb
2014
Grace Based parenting, Special Needs, Family Matters, Cindi Ferrini

  Helping my son down a few steps in a public place I heard an acquaintance say to me, “Mom, he can do that himself.” I saw red – and it wasn’t for Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure if I should be ashamed or just plain honest, but my first thought was, “Who is she […]

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grace in the wilderness, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace, Family Matters

We definitely don’t have an Instagram family. Not even close. We’re not saying our children are not beautiful, because they are. We’re just saying that no amount of cropping or color-saturating or captioning can make where we are as a family “look pretty.” That’s if we’re honest. And if we have anything to give here, […]

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Advancing Grace, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

Reaching Families in the Wilderness Family Matters reaches parents in the lonely wilderness of extreme challenges – with the hope and healing of God’s grace! Every parent embarks on the parenting journey with a mental picture of what lies ahead.  Few set out envisioning extreme adversity.  No, most set sail on the parenting cruise ship […]

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03
Feb
2014

Running on Empty

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Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  That same anxious feeling we might get driving a car whose gas tank is almost on empty with the red danger light blinking, is how we feel when we’re depleted emotionally and physically in our care-giving responsibilities. Similarly, even an avid, well seasoned and trained runner is apt to say the same things we […]

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13
Dec
2013

Slowing Them Down?!

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Special Needs, Disabilities, Handicapped, Cindi Ferrini, Family Matters

  A while ago I receive a newsletter keeping me informed of the latest legislation, informative classes, and ways to help people with disabilities. The reason I keep informed, is that our son Joey, an adult who is multi-handicapped – has numerous special needs.   One particular story in this newsletter told about a high […]

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04
Nov
2013
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Cindi Ferrini

Seldom, as a parent of an adult child with special needs, do I get to “see” my son at a distance. He is always up-close and right by my side as I’m helping meet his needs in many areas, including:   Showering Shaving Cutting food Getting clothing on/off Maneuvering a curb Walking through a crowd […]

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Grace Based Parenting, Grace based discipline, Karis Murray, Dr. Tim Kimmel, discipline, grace, mercy, Family Matters, Parenting, Help

One of our most frequently asked questions here at Family Matters by parents is on the subject of discipline. In this series, we will break Grace Based Discipline down into a framework that parents can use to help them determine how to discipline their kids with grace.     It’s a common misconception that the […]

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07
Oct
2013

My Child is Perfect!

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My Child is Perfect, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Cindi Ferrini, Dr. TIm Kimmel, special needs

“My child is perfect!” I’d say most of us with a child who has special needs have NEVER said that. I know I haven’t. I do remember one spunky, lively, young, first year teacher Joey had who’d previously worked with severely disabled children…much more challenged than the group she had that included our son….had called […]

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09
Sep
2013

Just

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just, cindi ferrini, dr. tim kimmel, grace based parenting, family matters, special needs children

Years ago I went through the process of becoming the guardian for our (at the time) 18-year old son. Joey (now 32) has a number of physical, mental, and health challenges that will require him to be cared for all of his life. Someone from Probate Court came to our home with papers for Joey to […]

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