Parents make thousands of decisions on behalf of their children. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we are making decisions. We just roll along. But our choices and decisions can bring us closer – or farther – to our vision of the good things in life.
Decision can be hard. Once a vision specialist made recommendations that could improve my son’s vision. But it meant he would have to give up classroom time. How do you choose between two options that both seem important?
That is where informed choice comes in. You can practice informed choice by using the mnemonic BRAINS. It stands for
B: Background and benefits
N: Doing Nothing
S: ‘Scuse me, can we have a minute to talk about it alone?
Practicing informed choice won’t guarantee that your decisions will always work out. That’s just not how life goes. But practicing informed choice will ensure that you are making the best decision you can with the information you have available. This can bring you closer to your vision for your child’s life and help you avoid what you don’t want.
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Started young with a sister with a disability, amazing mentors and a strong mother with a vision. Now a mother to two sons, one of whom has a disability, a midwife to many, and an activist with a mission to band together with families to joyfully pursue the good things in life. Genia’s a registered midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care (student), Speaker, Presenter, Podcast host, and founder of Good Things in Life which offers resources, courses and networking opportunities for a community of parents with a shared vision of the good things in life for their children with disabilities.