Behind, Beyond, & Beneath
This weekend in the United States we celebrate Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July. Independence Day is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress. The Continental Congress declared that the 13 colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.
Here in the U.S. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnic concerts, baseball games, family reunions, along with other public and private events that celebrate history and government.
I want to urge you to consider yourselves like the Colonists. Work to bring your family together into one unit. Yes, you may have to do it differently than other families, but finding a way to ban together - no matter what and for as long as it takes is what will create the healing you are looking for.
Being intentional about experiencing your child with his whole story in mind is the first way you will be able to ban together.Just dealing with the behavior, words or attitude right in front of you is a mistake. It is not where healing will happen. Look behind, beyond and beneath that first layer to make the impact that will really make a difference. You can do this!
A very safe and happy weekend to you all...find a way to celebrate that will work for your entire family. Meet your child where he or she is at and you will all enjoy it more! (P.S. Many of the ways we typically celebrate the 4th are very difficult for kids with hard backgrounds so Be Intentional!)
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