Coping skills and learning to take care of yourself is key to helping your child and in turn your family. The healthier you are both physically and emotionally the better equipped you will be in providing a positive, safe and enriching environment for your children and family.
You are not Alone
Patricia McGill Smith speaks about of raising her child with a disability in the article, “You are Not Alone”. She offers her tips on how to cope and live with the emotions of this parenting experience. “Ud. No Está Solo” en español.
The Unplanned Journey
No parent wants his or her child to be sick, disabled, or harmed in any way. It is not an experience anyone expects to have; rather, it is a journey that is unplanned. Carole Brown, Samara Goodman, and Lisa Küpper attempt to describe what the future may hold for your family in the article The Unplanned Journey
Take Care of Yourself
The emotional and physical health of parents has an effect on the family. Parents are the heart of the family and they are most often the ones who deal with the issues of the child with a disability in addition to working, paying bills shopping cleaning and taking care of the needs of other children. All of this can be overwhelming and can take a toll on their health. Take some time to take care of yourself by following these simple tips.
Accept help. Don’t try to do everything yourself. When someone offers to help you out, gladly accept it!
Don’t give in to guilt. Things don’t have to be perfect. Do the best you can!
Get informed. Spend time reading about some of the issues you are facing. Search the Internet. Go to a training or watch a webinar.
Join a support group. Support can come in many ways – one-on-one, in a group, or on the Internet. Find the support from the ND Parent to Parent Program and link to page
Stay connected. Keep in touch with family and friends. Make plans to get out of the house and be social.
Commit to staying healthy. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat healthy regular meals and get enough exercise.
See your doctor