Sept. 29, 2020

The Challenges and Blessings of Parenting a Child with Special Needs with Lisa and Kevin Kolbe

Walk for a moment in the shoes of special guests Kevin and Lisa Kolbe as they help parents of children with special needs navigate the challenges and celebrate the successes that come with a life of selflessness. 

The entrepreneur and educator duo are excited to share their story to encourage and educate you with their personal experiences raising Elias, their youngest son with special needs. 

From dietary discoveries to educational insights to intentionality in the home, this episode will leave you confident and refreshed as you continue to choose joy every single day.

Key Takeaways:

There is no one-size-fits-all guide to raising a child with special needs. The best guide is experience and the experiences of others.
Clear communication and scheduling are key to smooth and seamless family planning.
Teaching styles should be based on learning styles; not every child learns the same way.
Find little increments or "inch-stones" of progress to celebrate and maintain a positive attitude. 

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What to Listen for:

[03:55] Kevin and Lisa’s professional and family background

[08:40] How do you schedule family life with a special needs child?

[20:46] Balancing a career and business with the responsibility of caring for a special needs child

[29:05] Creating intentional family time in the midst of the world’s distractions

[45:00] Importance of support groups for parents of children with special needs


“Your schedule is out the window the minute they're born… When you have a special needs child, sometimes day to day, there is no normal, necessarily.” [8:05]

“If you don’t make time for your kids, the world will.” [38:00]

“We always said that if you if you start something, you can't quit, you've got to see it through. Because it's just too easy to try one time, and say, ‘now, I'm just no good at this’” [43:10]

“I can talk to other friends about things about him, and they can be as understanding as they can be, but there's just certain aspects that you don't get, unless you've, you know, really been through it.” [45:50]