Parenting without a disability is difficult and parenting with one presents its own unique challenges. With some adaptations, parenting with a disability is no harder than parenting without one. The key is to know what the limits are, having a support system of some sort to help manage those limitations, and keeping everything in proper perspective.
It’s easy to forget about ourselves when taking care of our children. Forgetting to eat here, not getting a shower there, but the most insidious thing we forget is to be kind to ourselves. It is extremely important to take the time to remember that we are deserving of self-care and love especially when we make mistakes as parents. This week will be about learning to incorporate compassion into our own parenting styles.
Using a gentle parenting nighttime routine can help minimize stress, keep bedtime fun, and get them to sleep faster. Being consistent with the routine and following your child’s lead and needs ensures less struggle when it is time for bed. This post highlights our personal routine with suggestions of what works for us.