No matter how strong or positive you may be about the task of parenting, stress is hard to avoid. For those of us who are raising children with special needs, the stress we handle is multiplied. Instead of trying to ignore it, I have found ways to handle it positively, and it’s made all the difference.
I love my kids and all that comes with parenting, but I have to acknowledge that raising two kids with Down syndrome brings extra challenges all the time! From facing medical issues to finding the proper academic accommodations for them, to encouraging them to take full advantage of their unique abilities, my kids come with their own special circumstances and stressors.
Throughout my life, both before and after having kids, I have found myself stressed and desperate about things that I couldn’t change or at least couldn’t fix immediately. Those experiences have taught me to calm down, close my eyes, and focus on solutions instead of problems. In this manner, I’ve worked toward finding ways to make the best of every experience.
Here are my tips for handling stress in hard times.