Parent or Advocate? Wearing Both Hats for the Best Outcomes

This post was originally published by Moms of Amazing Kids.

As parents of kids with special needs, we are called upon not only to parent our children, but also to advocate for them in the healthcare, school, and community settings. Both parenting and advocacy focus on creating the best possible future: for our children to thrive and to be accepted and understood. It can be a heavy load, and it’s easy to mix up which role we need and when.

Read more on the Moms of Amazing Kids website.

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Charisse Montgomery is the author of the Super Safe Kids series of books and safety tools. These tools engage children, parents, and their families in improving safety and advocacy in the hospital, the community and the home. A former educator, Charisse Montgomery has earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English, along with a master's degree in Educational Psychology, with research focused on informing and empowering parents of medically fragile children. She completed a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy and serves on the Board at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

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