At Innovative Behavior Options, we like to use our blog to offer practical tips for parents of children with autism, educational information on applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, and encouragement for parents or caregivers who are in the trenches working with their children and making a difference every day. If you’re looking for advice on transitioning to a new routine, we’ve got you. If you’re trying to better understand the ABCs of ABA Therapy, check out this blog. And if you just need a little extra encouragement to make it through a tough day, keep reading.
You’re Exactly the Parent Your Child Needs
Read that headline again – out loud, even, if you’re in the carpool pickup line. You are exactly the parent your child needs. We all have tough days, and if you have a child with autism or other special needs, you might have a few more tough days than others. But even when things are hard, even when you make mistakes (you’re human! It’s ok!) please know that you can and you are doing it. Day by day, one tantrum at a time.
Please Take Care of Yourself, Too
Parenting is a full-time, full-contact job. Our children have endless needs, and it’s all too easy to lose yourself to it. To borrow a phrase from the airline industry, before you start to feel completely run ragged, please put on your own oxygen mask first.
Take time for yourself and recharge. Caring for yourself is so important! Consider taking a little time at either the beginning or end of the day (before or after the kiddos are in bed) to just sit in the quiet and reflect. Research suggests that practicing gratitude can have a host of positive effects, such as improved coping skills, lower anxiety, and stronger relationships.
Physical activity and fresh air are also great ways to practice self-care. Go for a walk or choose a form of exercise that you truly enjoy. It doesn’t have to be strenuous to release endorphins and lift your mood.
Find Your Community. None of us can do it alone. Whether you meet with a local autism support group, join a mothers of preschoolers (MOPS) chapter, or just spend a little extra time with your neighbors, find your people. And don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
At IBO, we want you and your family to thrive. If you have questions about ABA therapy, please send us a note at Robin@BehaviorOptions.com or give us a call at 770-250-0093.