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6 Tips for Parenting with Children with Special Needs

6 Tips for Parenting with Children with Special Needs

Spiritual principles of parenting often suggest that children are given to us as one of our prime and most difficult responsibilities. Different religious scriptures clearly outline that children are our trials through which the creator tests our ability to take responsibility and nurture and nourish the sweetest gift that has been given to us. Our children are our responsibility—a prime responsibility which becomes more complicated and tough if we have children with special needs.

Special needs are defined differently, but the most common approach towards special needs define it as the individuals who require support and assistance for disabilities. The support can be medical, mental, and psychological, as well as spiritual. As parents, our roles and responsibilities become more complex because we are the ones who will provide the required support at almost every stage of our child’s development.

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Here are some of the guidelines and tips for effective parenting of children with special needs:

  1. At times, we might feel that as if our lives have been put on hold because fulfilling our child’s needs can become quite cumbersome and irritating. We need to find a purpose in our lives and decide whether it is us who are going to help our child the most, or if someone else will. Once you get clear on this, you gradually start to accept your child’s condition and the kind of support that’s required. Gradually, we therefore become aware of our roles and how we can actually help the child to overcome many obstacles in their life.
  2. Learn to accept rather than find the solutions first because accepting your child’s condition can put you in a better frame of mind to help you to negotiate better solutions. Acceptance can put us in a courageous situation to face the challenge in more positive manner, and develop an outlook which is both positive in perspective and focused upon developing customized solutions for your needs.
  3. Find a good pediatrician who can work with your family over a longer period of time to oversee the medical needs of your child. It is important to develop a long-term relationship with the doctor in order to ensure that he or she can understands your individual family requirements, and can help you to find a better combination of people who can assist you in taking care of your child’s needs. Change the pediatrician if you believe they cannot be of any help to you, or may not help you to better coordinate your efforts.
  4. Parenting children with special needs can also be stressful because we start to wonder what others might think about our situation. This may also involve people showing empathy towards children with special needs. To overcome such guilty moments, it is better if we surround ourselves with supportive people and focus on positive thinking. It is also extremely important if we can take some time out to take care of our own physical needs so that we remain fresh and able enough to fulfill the needs of our children. Hypnosis can also be used as one of the most effective tools to overcome stress related with this aspect of our lives.
  5. Taking care of children with special needs can be exhaustive and tiring for parents. Finding the required energy and positive attitude to take care of any untimely needs of children should therefore be one of the top priorities. Chakra activation can be one of the top techniques to tap into our body’s own natural energy system to provide you the strength and will to go on to fulfill our child’s needs.
  6. Getting a good health insurance policy should also be one of your top priorities. Uncertainty associated with our own lives can become a huge obstacle in the care of our children, and in the absence of any alternative support in case of our death, having a good and comprehensive insurance can really help our children’s needs to be take care of.  Give special attentions to formalities such as preparing a will and executing power of attorney, as well as health care proxies so that guardian of your children may find it easier to take care of your children in case of any eventuality.

Having faith in our own abilities to successfully meet these challenges and develop as more accommodating parents of children with special needs is what sets us apart from others. Ultimately, it is our children who are going to suffer if we lack the will, energy and stamina to find better solutions to care for them.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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