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Megan – What’s important for parents to understand?

Megan – What’s important for parents to understand?

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I think the natural inclination is to hold them tighter, to want to protect them because—and I've even had this conversation with both my parents—is that they feel that in some ways, that they've failed, you know that they didn... Show More

I think the natural inclination is to hold them tighter, to want to protect them because—and I've even had this conversation with both my parents—is that they feel that in some ways, that they've failed, you know that they didn't protect me, that they should have taken better care or you know whatever. A lot of it, I think that's a normal reaction, but to overcome that and say, "I have to let them live their life, I have to let them make mistakes, I have to let them do things that I don't agree with," because that's what you do when you're a good parent, and I think that's even more true when it's a person with a disability.

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Megan – What’s important for parents to understand?

Megan

Injured in 1995 at age 18, paraplegic
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I think the natural inclination is to hold them tighter, to want to protect them because—and I've even had this conversation with both my parents—is that they feel that in some ways, that they've failed, you know that they didn't protect me, that they should have taken better care or you know whatever. A lot of it, I think that's a normal reaction, but to overcome that and say, "I have to let them live their life, I have to let them make mistakes, I have to let them do things that I don't agree with," because that's what you do when you're a good parent, and I think that's even more true when it's a person with a disability.

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