Yesterday, I had a break down. We’ve had two surgeries in our house within two weeks (don’t worry we are all ok, just needed a couple things taken care of) and I’ve been on a long stretch of taking care of everything by myself and I can do well for a while, but inevitably I hit this wall. It’s like everything comes crashing down, my patience ends and so does my peace. This special needs parenting thing is rough!!
There are two things that have made all the difference in my parenting journey. They have all helped me feel less alone and more confident as a mom. When I hit those walls, both of these help me remember that I’ve got this.
When our daughter was 2 years old I started going to Early Childhood classes. The first half of the class was play time with your child, the second half of the class was separated. The teachers took care of our kiddos, while the moms had parenting class. During parenting class we would talk about anything and everything that was challenging us. I started to realize that our struggles at home and our challenges were way bigger than anyone else in the class. No one could relate to what we were dealing with. After our daughter was diagnosed at 3, I finally found people who got what I was struggling with. They knew the battles we faced, because they were dealing with the same thing.
This completely changed my world. I felt less alone, I felt like I could be honest about how I was feeling and how hard this journey was. This was a big part of why I started this blog, to share our story and to help others in this journey. Which is why I am creating this new Sensory Parent Support group as a way to expand and connect with you! Because, we all need more support and we need to feel less alone and more understood.
The other major area of support for us has been professionals (Psychologist and OT) who are encouraging and understanding of the challenges we face. We certainly have had some who are more encouraging than others and we have been so appreciative of those who are there to provide support for us, who have given us the reminders we need to hear, who have spoken truth to me when I am drowning in feeling like a failure.
It’s true what they say knowledge is power!
I have always been the type of person who researches a lot! I never make a major purchase without doing research on it and I have learned how to do many things from reading a book (including dry walling my entire house). So, it makes sense to me that this would be a big part of our journey!
I have found the most comfort in being well researched on whatever we are dealing with. I read every book I can get my hands on. We’ve just added two new diagnosis and quite honestly it’s been overwhelming and hard to understand. I started reading more on ADHD and I felt so much peace about this new diagnosis. It is what I’ve been missing. I need good resources to feel educated as mom and ready to understand how to help Miss Sensory.
The more I know, the more it encourages me as a mom. The more I feel like I understand what we are dealing with and how to deal with it, the more confident I am.
This month I am a part of the SPD Parent Zone’s Online conference for Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness and it has been such a great resource of daily encouragement and knowledge for this parenting journey. I’d love to have you join me and grow in your parenting journey this month. Everyday a different expert in Sensory Processing Disorder is sharing a short video (5-15 minutes), so far it has been a great conference!! You can join in now, and still have access to all the previous videos!
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