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Health Information For Parents
When most parents think of the juggling act involved in raising a family, they think of coordinating soccer games with ballet practice and grocery shopping.
But if you’re a parent of a child who is sick or has special needs, your schedule likely involves doctor’s visits, therapy sessions, and waiting for doctors and insurance companies to return your phone calls. And then there’s the exhaustion and endless worry.
What you need is help. But how can you get it? Here are six suggestions for making your life a little less complicated.
If you feel exhausted and angry and have accepted that you need help, asking for it is the next step. Turning to others isn’t a sign of a weakness but rather one of strength. Recharging your batteries once in a while can help you be a better parent, partner, and person.
Do you need help picking up your other kids from school? Ask a neighbor who is already picking up his or her own kids. Ask grandparents and siblings to do things they enjoy, whether it’s watching your child to give you a break or cooking freezer-ready meals.
In this day and age, social media can ease the burden of asking. Post your needs on your personal social media page or register on one of the many caregiver websites that allow you to create a list of your needs (for example, dinner twice a week, the lawn mowed weekly, a companion for hospital visits) so friends can sign up for duties that best fit their skills and schedules.
To ensure the person helping you is up to the task, consider caregiver training. Many hospitals and state social service agencies provide classes for siblings, parents, grandparents, teachers, and babysitters.
The burden shouldn’t be on you to make it easier for someone to help you. You have enough on your plate. Besides, most people want to help. If you let your friends or family know what you need, they will know how to help you and feel less burdened — and that’s not just good for you, but for your whole family./p>
Kids love their siblings. Often, those who have a brother or sister with special needs want to help. Here’s how to help them feel loved and secure about their place in the family.
Kids with special needs may quality for services to help with learning. Here is a guide to getting the help your child needs.
When your child has a disability and needs services, there’s a lot you need to know. This glossary defines terms on health care, government benefits, learning, legal and financial matters, and more.
Finding that perfect person to care for your child can be a challenge. These resources can help.
One of your most important tasks as a parent is finding a qualified babysitter. Here are some essential tips on choosing and instructing a babysitter.
When kids need intensive health care after they’re discharged from the hospital, it’s important that family and caregivers learn about the devices, equipment, and support they’ll need.
It’s common to put your own needs last when caring for a child you love. But to be the best you can be, you need to take care of yourself, too. Here are some tips to help you recharge.
There are many camp choices for kids with special needs. From highly specialized camps to regular camps that accommodate kids with special needs, options abound.
Taking care of a chronically ill child is one of the most draining and difficult tasks a parent can face. But support groups, social workers, and family friends often can help.
These 10 steps can help take the anxiety and worry out of your child’s financial future and make sure that your child will be taken care of even after you’re gone.
When your child has a serious or chronic illness, it’s hard to think beyond the next treatment. But with planning and communication, you can help your child balance treatment and academics.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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