Spend one-on-one time with your kids without special needs. Take a few minutes each day to connect with them and find out what’s going on in their lives. Such actions can go a long way toward helping these kids better handle their challenging roles. Talk about their day, their hopes and dreams, their homework, and yes, their honest take on the daily challenges faced by their siblings and the family unit.

Ask them how they’re doing. Don’t censor their words, and don’t interrupt. Instead, listen compassionately and without judgement so you can learn how to better meet their needs. Their voices need to be heard.

Never forget that these sibs deserve your best parenting, too.

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