Parenting is hard. There’s no other way to put it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s also wonderful and rewarding. But you’ve got to do so much as a parent, and the last thing anyone needs is a parent having a meltdown, right? Self-care is essential especially for those who are parenting special-needs kids. It’s important to remember that we are all in this together.
I know, you’re probably laughing right about now. How do you find the time to take care of yourself when it feels like someone else always needs your help? Personally, I have a dance class I go to early every Saturday morning. I get to see all my friends who also like to dance like no one’s watching. Daily, I wake up before my family and meditate, then have a quiet walk with my dog. Often, I’ll cuddle up to read a favorite book. I seek out a good friend for a quick text if that’s all the time we have or a chat over a cup of tea.
Connecting with other parents is one of the best ways to get ideas, and feel seen and heard. We’re hosting a Parents’ Night In get-together at our clinic on Friday, January 24, from 4-5:30 pm. We’ll have snacks and free childcare available. It’s a great opportunity to meet other families and discuss shared experiences, talk to our clinicians and just chill out a bit while someone else looks after your kids. You know, self-care. Please drop us a line to RSVP so that we’re sure have enough snacks on hand 🙂 We hope to see you there!