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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 May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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