The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Parents Raising Children with Special Needs
4. Think win-win.
The phrase “win-win” may be ubiquitous today, but it’s likely popularity came from Covey’s fourth habit, which means “agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying.” Think “Win-Win” every time you are negotiating. Which can be almost daily when advocating on your child’s behalf. Keep the “win-win” habit in mind when working towards solutions or agreements that will be both mutually beneficial and satisfying.
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This habit can be used in all areas of our children’s lives. We need to become good listeners to our children, which may require more intent observation to their behaviors, schedules and activities in order to understand and respond appropriately, not just respond! This habit encourages helping our children to be understood better in their daily lives.
“Synergize” assemble and build a winning and diverse team of all-stars. Choose, not only, the right doctors, therapists, teachers, aides, tutors, and coaches, but also, family and friends that will be effective in helping your child reach their potential.
7. Sharpen the saw
Sharpen the saw…you are your child’s best advocate. You must find ways to preserve, enhance and renew yourself on a daily basis. Without you where will your child be?
This article originally appeared in 2012 on Parentingspecialneeds.org, two days after we learned of the passing of Stephen Covey.