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Carrie Grant And Her Husband Talk About Their Experience Of Raising Four Kids With Disabilities

Date February 27, 2018 17:48

Raising a child with special needs can be a challenge for any parent. Some celebrities whose kids have disabilities know that firsthand. A British vocal coach, Carrie Grant, and her husband David open up about their unique experience of raising four children with special needs.

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Carrie and David open up about their extraordinary family life

Carrie and David are well-known as judges on Fame Academy and Pop Idol as well as vocal coaches since 2000. In 2014, Grant was a head of the British national jury in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The couple has four children. And there is one thing that all these kids have in common – their health issues.

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Olivia, 23, and Imogen, 12, have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Talia, 16, has Asperger’s syndrome (a form of autism). Nathan, whom David and Carrie adopted as a two-year-old, has ADHD and attachment issues.

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In their recent interview with Hello magazine, David and Carrie revealed it’s a challenging but uniquely rewarding experience to be parents of four children with complex needs.

Carrie confessed this challenge never went away, but they learned to meet it quickly. She said David has proven himself to be a loving father, and she is really thankful for his great support.

When we’re together, it can be the most wonderful madness where we’re laughing and bouncing off each other. And if you hang around us for long enough, we’re the kind of family you want to be part of.

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Carrie and David enjoy spending time with their children. They often arrange family evenings with movies and games.

Like any other parents, Carrie and her husband worry about their children and force to protect them from any rude attacks in their surroundings. The issues they deal with put everything into perspective.

It makes it hard to relate to other parents sometimes. For many, their ambition for their children is to get them through the SATs and some get really stressed.  I’m sure I’d be stressed, too, if that’s all I had to stress about, but when you’re thinking, ‘I don’t know if my child is going to make it through to adulthood,’ that’s a real problem.

Carrie added that her husband, who grew up in the traditional Jamaican family where kids and parents are really close, inspired her to embrace this family model for raising her own children.

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Carrie and David want to show the world that children with special needs have something to teach us all, and this experience may offer some very sweet lessons.

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