For this reason, meeting with parents of children with special needs is essential for encouraging each other and sharing helpful experiences. It is truly a great exercise of building bridges and creating supportive friendships. With their guards down, moms share what stresses them most–they all share the same struggles and problems. All parents pass through fears about their children’s future and social acceptance. The culture of shame that we live in is a major challenge for parents who go out among judgemental community members who do not understand the cases of their children.
Some tips to avoid “fight” or “flight” in a stressful situation are given by our psychologist Rudy Kanaan:
- Practice breathing techniques.
- Have time alone.
- Go out and talk with a loved one or a friend.
- Get enough sleep, eat healthy, and exercise. These are excellent relaxation tools.
- Listen to music, sing and dance.
- Organize tasks and write a “to do” lists to help prioritize focus.
We encourage all mothers to get this book from the Gateway bookshop!