New Year’s Resolutions for Special Needs Parents

2018 is officially here. What are your resolutions?

As a parent, you might vow to be more patient or present for your children in the coming year.

If you are the parent of a child with special needs though, you may have more complex goals to help your family be successful given your unique set of challenges.

Here are seven simple ways to start off on the right foot in 2018:

1. Practice self-care first. Rest, relax, and rejuvenate yourself as needed. Schedule it into your calendar even. On the flip side, if you’re seeking a little stimulation outside of household and work duties, try out a new activity or sign up for an interesting class you’ve always wanted to take.

2. Ask for help. You’d be surprised about how many people want to help.

3. View the world from your child’s perspective. Before becoming angry or impatient about a situation, stop, and think about how your child feels or sees things.

4. Reach out to support groups. Whether you need support yourself from other parents facing similar challenges, or you just want to share your experience in order to benefit others (which can be very therapeutic), go for it. Know that you are not alone.

5. Assess caregiver, teacher, and physician relationships. The new year is a good time to start fresh if you have concerns about someone entrusted with your child’s care. Evaluate pros and cons and explore other options for care and treatments that weren’t working for you over the past year.

6. Build independence. Teach your child one or two important life skills this year involving self-care. It’s easier (and quicker!) to step in and do something for your child, but learning how to do something for themselves is a priceless gift for both of you.

7. Finally, keep faith in your abilities as a parent. You have made it this far, right? You are doing a great job, and always remember that a little hard work, hope, and humor can go a long way.

For tips on how to help your kids with their New Year’s resolutions, check out our past blog on the subject right here.

Happy 2018!

(Adapted from One Place for Special Needs)

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