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- Our children may become desensitized to the sensory stimuli that are driving them nuts right now.
- We learn to adapt and redefine "normal" in our lives, carving out a fresh way of enjoying our holidays together.
- Our children eventually learn to adapt or advocate for themselves, learning that it will be okay if they hang back while the rest of the family goes to the fireworks, or if they avoid certain foods while enjoying the rest of the family picnic.
- We learn to set boundaries with family members or friends who lack understanding of and compassion for our child's constant needs.
PRAY: Father of compassion and God of all comfort, please strengthen us with compassion during the difficulties that arise during a holiday celebration. Comfort us when others don't understand or when we simply can't attend all of the festivities that are planned. Give us perseverance and the perspective that You will see us through this season of life. Lifter of our heads, direct our hearts with gratitude towards all the blessings we can and do enjoy. Thank You for all You generously give us, despite our sorrow.
~ Barb Dittrich