Raising a Disabled Kid
Any parent or guardian that raises a child with a disability should be praised. It requires care, patience, grit, determination, and a lot of love. Raising a disabled child takes its toll on the parents and requires a good network of support too. There will be good days, bad days, and those in-between; and you may feel overwhelmed.
No parent is perfect, and you shouldn’t try to be. So, what should you do when raising a child with a disability?
Create a Normal Family Routine
Let’s be honest, children need routines, regardless of disability. It is crucial to create a normal family routine for your home. Base your routine on what’s best for your household and family; forget what others in your position do concentrate on your home. You might need to install chair lifts or move around furniture to make it more accessible for all family members.
You also need to think of the following:
- Child Safety in and Around the Home
- Creating a Schedule for Child Care
- How You’ll Have Family Time
- How Mealtimes Will Look
- What Education or Support Your Child Will Receive from the School District
It’s important to consider the above points so that you can create a daily routine for your child. You need to push for support when it’s required and adapt to new milestones in a child’s life.
Understand the Financial Aspect of Raising a Disabled Child
Disabilities come in many forms; some require more care than others and that may put a strain on your finances. While there is no price on a child’s care and protection, it typically costs more to raise a disabled than a non-disabled child. Whether you have money concerns or otherwise, it’s important you have a financial plan in place. It will safeguard the future of your child.
If your child outlives you, they need financial support for their ongoing care, so you may want to consider a substantial life insurance policy. While you don’t want to consider death in any form, you need to for the sake of your child.
Become an Advocate for your Child
You will talk with many people concerning your child, so, it’s important to expand your communication skills. It will make it easier to approach doctors, understand medical diagnoses, and talk about your child’s disability with others. As a parent, you might even become an advocate for your child’s rights in life. Sometimes, there isn’t enough support or funding for disabled children, and you may want to voice your concerns to political leaders and charity groups.
You Need Help Too, So Look After Yourself
You must preserve your own sanity and care for your well-being too. It is essential to have some time to recharge your batteries after a tough day; you shouldn’t be afraid to take five minutes away from the home. It could be some alone time in the garden, a relaxing bath, or just a chat with a friend. It’s difficult to raise a disabled child, if you don’t care for yourself, you’ll burn out easily.
Ask for help when it’s needed. Whether it’s a trying day or you’re struggling to cope, ask for help. It will make a huge difference and may give you additional support too.
Love Your Life
Life may be slightly different from what you pictured it, but that doesn’t make it wrong. You have a great life with a beautiful child, and they need your love, care, and support. Of course, there will be tough days, but that doesn’t make you love your child any less. It’s a different life than other families but it’s yours and you can make it the best for your child.
It’s a new life experience, but one that is very rewarding.