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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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