As blissful as it might seem to embrace parenthood; it is a given that parenting is, and has always been a tough struggle.
However, when you are to raise a child with special needs such as your kid having some physical disabilities, learning issues, autism, anxiety, OCD, developmental trauma, or any other medical abnormality, the struggle just gets shifted to a whole new level of difficulty.
From the emotional burden, it puts initially on you as a parent, to the complexities the family faces; everything seems to fall out of place. But amidst all this, we all need to realize that making things fall in place might just be too hard, but it sure is not impossible.
We acknowledge your struggle and to help you out, this guide enlists the 4 important parenting tips that you need to know!
1. Parental self-care- the new normal your life needs
They say, ‘’ One cannot pour from an empty cup.’’ This is exactly what parental self- care is about. It endorses the idea that for one to be helpful and caring towards others, one needs to take care of themselves too in order to be fully able to do their tasks.
It is indeed no hidden fact that parenting a child with special needs brings in a lot of stress- both emotionally, and physically as their special needs demand high expenses to be taken care of. Therefore, it is strongly advised that parents in such a household seek deep, self- compassion practices.
Furthermore, it is also important to do so as it helps to eliminate the extreme levels of stress in such families; which is fed to the special child too. Thus, have some time alone daily. Make sure to do things that make you feel happy and relaxed frequently.
2. Certain changes are to be brought in your life
Parents with children having special needs often start to lead a life that is all dull. It is important to acknowledge that doing that is merely nothing but wrongdoing.
Go to places for traveling and enjoying as you did before. Pack up and travel around like you would have if you have had a normal child. However, just make sure to take certain measures before leaving.
You are also advised to take part in different sorts of activities with your kid conducted for exceptional families with special care needs. It is also suggested that you hang out with your friends, and make your child meet and interact with people. This not only helps lower the stress one has to deal with but also results in the child having confidence and lesser social anxiety.
Remember, your goal should be to make your child feel ‘special’ and not special. Accept your child as a normal person for, in the end, we are all nothing but human beings.
3. Nurture sibling relationships
In a household with a special needs child, the attention of the parents tends to get diverted towards the special child more. This might make your other kids feel alienated or less loved.
Therefore, try to make sure that every child of yours gets some undivided attention. You may ask them about how their day went or read them their favorite bedtime stories. It is also important to let your other kids know about the special needs of their sibling with time.
Unravelling this to them in depths shall make them understand your difficulties, and with age, they might as well join you to care for their special sibling. This promotes family values, love, and compassion.
4. If you are a working parent, hire a caregiver for your kid
Children with special needs should be under adult supervision all the time. Hiring a caregiver is the ultimate way to help you here especially if you are a working or a single parent.
Let the caregiver of your kid keep track of all the appointments, tests, and activities that your child has to attend.
This makes things go smoother than we expect them to be.