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Gina Badalaty is a lifestyle blogger for moms raising kids with special needs. She is passionate about living a nontoxic life, inclusion for kids with disabilities and technology to help kids thrive.
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Jun 28, 2016
In June, my daughter's class went on a field trip to a local pig farm. As we approached the pen, students were told to stand back because an electrified fence enclosed it. When one of the teachers straddled the fence, a student yelled, "Watch out!" She replied, "It's OK! I'm wearing rubber boots so I'm grounded."
That's a funny story but the truth is, being grounded by boots can protect you from physical shock, just like being mentally grounded protects you from the shock you experience in life. A grounded child has the resilience and calmness to weather the challenges, tragedies and trauma of life, but raising grounded children can be challenging. This was easy with my first child because resilience and contentedness are in her nature. However, my second child spent much of her pre-school days crying, melting down and generally stressing out. Today, I'm happy to say she is now a far calmer, contented child most of the time.
How did we get such a high-strung child to become calm, mindful and resilient? Here are 5 changes we made to raise a grounded child.
Today, my kids are calm, content at home, well rested and understand good values. As a family, we all enjoy the great outdoors as much as possible. These changes took time but we are more grounded as a family thanks to that effort.