Being a parent to a child with special needs is no easy task. From cultural restrictions, to hopes and dreams chattered, in addition to the journey of learning about the different abilities, parents’ energies are depleted, and their morals are down. This ultimately affects their household routines and peace and adds a strain to their marriages. To recharge and build positivity at home and within their personal lives, parents are in need of alone time individually and together as a couple. For this reason, the Parent-to-Parent support group strives to pamper its mothers, and fathers, while at the same time learning together on how to lead healthier lives and advocate for the rights of our children.
This year’s summer retreat for mothers was focused on restoration. For the last 2 years, we have all experienced collective trauma that turned our lives upside down. The main message that we should focus on is that there is always hope. There is always peace. There is joy in this journey as you raise your amazing children with special needs. However, all of the stress and negativity have a toll on our minds and bodies. To let go of the stress, mothers enjoyed nature and relaxed with a beautician. When the serious time dawned, stress relief techniques was one of the main workshops during the retreat in addition to studying the cases of several women throughout history who sought spiritual and emotional restoration.