Do you have a child with special needs? Self care for moms of children with self needs is important! Here are our tips for Self Help for Moms of Special Needs Children.
Your family counts on you to keep the household running smoothly. You are the one who makes sure each child gets to their games and practices. You provide healthy meals for everyone. You make sure the laundry is done. You take care of all their needs.
But who is taking care of your needs? If you’re like the majority of moms out there…nobody is. It’s even more apparent when you’re the mother of a child with special needs. Their needs almost always surpass those of everyone in the family, especially mom’s.
It’s important to make sure that your needs are met too. Here are some great ways to help you take care of YOU.
Self Help for Moms of Special Needs Children
Make your health a priority
Try to see your doctors regularly and have the appropriate medical screenings done. It may be difficult to make your health a priority, but if you get sick, who else is going to take care of your family?
Take some time to exercise. If your child doesn’t have special needs that make movement difficult, put on some fun music and dance with your children.
All kids love to move to the beat. If your child has some special needs that make movement more challenging, put your child in a wagon or wheelchair and take a nice walk.
If you have someone else who can care for your special needs child for a little while, treat yourself to some special me-time.
Do anything you like that makes you happy and fits your budget. Go for a walk. Head to the salon and get your nails done with a friend. Go see a movie.
There’s an old saying you may know, “When momma is happy, everyone is happy.” Well, that’s absolutely true. If you take some time for yourself, you’ll be a much happier, relaxed mom for your children.
Team up with other moms
If it’s not possible to have someone watch your child, invite other parents and their special needs children over to play.
Although in some cases the play may be more parallel play than interactive play, it’s still a chance for socialization for your children, and you get some adult time with the other moms.
Start a new hobby
It’s easy to lose your identity when you’re a mom. Everything you do is about your child. And almost every conversation you have is about your child.
Eventually, you may end up feeling like that’s all you are. If you feel like you need some excitement in your life, trying something new could be just what you need to help you see yourself in a new way.
Get some ZZZZs
Try to get enough sleep. The quickest way to run your body down is to lose sleep and become exhausted. The human body requires seven to nine hours of sleep a night in order to function at its best during the daytime.
If you have a child who has needs that get you up during the night, remember the advice that people often tell new moms — sleep when they sleep. When your child takes a nap, try to grab a few winks too.
Guard your time
Learn to say “No.” You have so many commitments with work, home, and family, and then add to that the extra time it takes to care for any child with special needs and you’re likely running short on time.
If someone asks you to do something, really think about it before you commit. If it isn’t what’s best for your family, don’t feel bad about saying no.
It isn’t a coincidence that airline attendants urge you to put on your own air mask before you help the person sitting next to you. You have to take care of yourself so that you can take care of the people who need you.
As hard as it may be to focus on yourself when you’re being pulled in so many directions, it’s really important to put yourself first every once in a while.
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