SUPERMOM-Helpful tips for moms with kids having special needs and disabilities
By: Lezlie Brezin
Sleepless nights, changing diapers, late-night feedings, and mounds of laundry are only a handful of the challenges in the world of a mommy. I remember sweating with panic when my mother went home after helping me with my first baby. An overwhelming surge of fear and anxiety swept over my body as I envisioned my role as a new mother.
Motherhood. The creation of human life. A life that is now your responsibility.
As we have all heard,” little kids, little problems, big kids, big problems. “
Here are some suggestions for those moms out there who often feel they need to be SUPERMOM.
1. While it is only natural in a world full of moms, try not to compare your child with other peoples’ children.
Whether the topic of conversation is what preschool or university, sports team, or school club is, learn to accept your child’s challenges while focusing on your child’s strengths and accomplishments.
2. Fill your world with knowledge.
Research, gather resources, and learn as much as you can about your child’s disability. Knowledge is power and will allow you to be the best advocate for your child academically, socially, and emotionally.
3. Seek support. Do not be afraid to get help.
It is a strength, not a weakness to reach out for assistance. Pick and choose the family and friends you are comfortable confiding in. Set yourself up to receive support from nonjudgemental, compassionate people. Explore support groups of people who are experiencing similar experiences. Align with a team of professionals that can guide, educate and support you through this journey.
4. Prioritize self-care.
As a devoted moms, we give and give. The stress, fears, and intense worry can wreak havoc on your body affecting you both mentally and physically. Engage yourself in the art of distraction, stimulation, physical activity, and any other activity that
provides calm and peace to your world. Meditation, yoga, walking, and deep breathing. Grounding techniques and mindfulness are pivotal in keeping you balanced and healthy. Your overall health is paramount in the quest for your child’s health.
Yes, you are that SUPERMOM.
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Written by Lezlie Brezin
From Lezlie's bio...
Lezlie has always believed that “it is not what you achieve but what you overcome.” She believes that in this ever changing world we live in, individuals may be overwhelmed with stress, anxiety and depression due to a number of issues and circumstances. Her approach is to help her clients navigate through their challenges while providing a solution focused approach to help them gain the knowledge and skills to make positive changes in their lives. She helps her clients to become more self aware, to establish goals and empower themselves both as individuals as well as within their relationships.