Raising children can be the most rewarding, exhausting experience with love pouring out of your heart. Have you ever loved a perfectly imperfect child?
My Thoughts About Raising The Perfectly Imperfect Child
When reading Raising The Perfectly Imperfect Child by Boris Vujicic I was shocked and in awe at some of the things he talked about. Many of us have heard from Nick Vujicic, the boy born without arms or legs. This book is by Nick’s father. Nick often talks about his parents support, love and encouragement. There are many hard and heart wrenching truths in this book that makes any parent feel, well, just as human as ever. I have so much more love and respect for Nick’s parents after reading this book.
Hard Truths With Heartfelt Feelings
It starts out facing some hard truths about when Nick was born. Boris and his wife don’t pretend they weren’t shocked or scared when they learned their baby had no arms and legs. All their emotion and raw feelings expressed in this book makes me so grateful for their honesty.
At one point in this book Boris talks about how they contemplated possibly giving Nick up for adoption when he was a born. He talks about how disappointed he was that his son was born without arms and legs. All Boris’s dreams of Nick playing ball and running around crashed down hard as he tried to love his son through the first months of his life. He describes sadness. He even describes it as a grieving experience. Many of us go through tough times as a parent and truly it would be hard to face some of the challenges that this family faced. Nick was born completely without limbs, so he was the first of his kind. The doctors didn’t even know what to do with him.
I love that even though it was hard for this family to face Nick’s disabilities at first, they decided to love him through and do everything they could. Through their many struggles they made it through with more love for their son as time went on. I love how they did not baby Nick. They let him learn, grow, develop, and discover how to do things his own way. If they hadn’t done this Nick would not be the man he is today.
Reaching Out To Other Parents
Boris reaches out to other parents of kids with disabilities. He talks about the process, the feelings, the expectations and even the awkward moments they have faced while raising Nick. Even though I don’t have a child with disabilities, I learned much from this book. Boris teaches us that loving our children just the way they are is the best gift we can give them. Even if they are perfectly imperfect.