As a parent, you are a 24/7 family therapist, guiding and nurturing your children in the way you want them to go. This is highly challenging for parents with children with typical developmental, and outright miracle work for parents of children with developmental delays.
Below are some tips on looking out for you:
1. Regular respite. Even if it’s just 10 minutes a day, take it to breathe, have a cup of tea, be in silence and give yourself a timeout.
2. Get support!! We know from our work that the families who struggle with most are those who do not have support.
Whether it’s accessing your local community groups, mums groups, dads groups, the local church, other parents at school, or parents support groups, do your best to have support around you. Particularly for parents of children with a developmental delay it is so important to build relationships with other people who understand what you are going through
3. Don’t be hesitant to access professional support. Many parents leave it until it is a crisis situation to access support and they are already burnt out, or their child has been struggling for a long time before they access support. It is never too early to get help or obtain an assessment if you have worries about your child, even if it turns out to be nothing at all, it can put your mind at rest.