I introduced this idea on Facebook to our followers as well as most of my support groups and it was met with an overwhelming response. So I made an example video (with a very tired child who really wanted to go to bed) and I managed to forget to ask her some of the questions I wanted to.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Video your sibling talking about what its like to have a child in the family with xyz condition. It can be ANY special need – it is not limited to Cerebral Palsy or Epilepsy or any condition we have. Just keep it clean – no foul language, no racist remarks, no derrogatory terms please. This is about support. And please don’t edit the videos with graphics, music, slideshows. Just a simple vlog type video so they can focus on what they want to say.
If you have a younger child (like us) it might be better to prompt them with questions. I don’t know about you but if I let my daughter take over she will tell you about Power Rangers and Justice League right into My Little Pony and what she ate for lunch.
An older child can make their own video and even explain the conditions or what that condition means to their sibling since most conditions come in various severities. They need less prompting of course. And the videos don’t have to be happy sunshiny goodness. Being a sibling is hard and it sucks sometimes. Let them have a voice – just make sure they keep it clean.
Try not to make it incredibly long – you have to stick to YouTube guidelines. As long as it fits – its awesome!
I know for some that have many siblings it might be a lot but please try to do only one sibling per video so that they can have their voice.
ONLY SHARE WHAT YOU WANT TO SHARE AS FAR AS NAMES, LOCATION AND SUCH – REMEMBER NOT TO GIVE OUT ANY INFORMATION THAT WOULD CAUSE YOU TO BE A TARGET FOR CRIMINALS. STAY ONLINE SAFE.
2. Upload it to YouTube under your own account. (You might have to create one). When you upload it make sure you title it with the following:
Sibling Support Network: (**CONDITIONS**)
see example video posted below.
Please put in the comments section something like Sister and Age so that if someone is looking for someone a similar age they can find it. If you would like you can put location but that is entirely up to you.
3. Save and share! Spread the word! And when your child wants to find someone that is going through what they are dealing with – the titles will allow you to search easily and find what you are looking for.
Any questions or comments please post in the comments section.