076: How Our Expectations as Parents Shape Our Kids – a Your Child Explained Episode

When I interviewed Erik Wagter for episode 75, Tuesday’s guest episode, I’d just finished reading an article about a man named Matthias Buchinger, who despite having no hands or feet, despite missing parts of his legs, danced, performed magic in front of large audiences and heads of state, created amazing art, married four times and was the dad of fourteen children.

My conversation with Erik, which centered on fostering a great relationship with our children, and largely on Erik and his family’s relationship with their autistic son, seemed to me to relate an awful lot to this article about Matthias (click here or go to weturnedoutokay.com/075 to listen).

Author Beverly Beckham shares about her grandchild, born with Down’s syndrome, and how the vast majority of their friends and family were “full of sorrow and sighs.” Nearly everyone’s expectations for this new life was that it would be compromised, not a full life – and Beverly eloquently writes about all that Matthias accomplished, relating it to our expectations for our children and how these expectations can shape their lives.

Click here or go to weturnedoutokay.com/076 to listen, and for key links from today’s episode!

Key Links:

Beverly Beckham writes for the Boston Globe; read her amazing article, “How did he dance without legs?” here.

Listen to Tuesday’s conversation with dad, trainer, and educator Erik Wagter by clicking here or going to weturnedoutokay.com/075.

Check out the introduction of my book, Positive Discipline Ninja Tactics – written for you, if you struggle to enjoy the days with your young child – for FREE at Amazon.com! Click here to go to the book’s page in Amazon.com.