Every Exceptional Mom knows her child has multiple challenges. Every Exceptional Mom tries to meet those challenges as best as she can. Only sometimes she can’t. A challenge can send her fears into overdrive and she feels stuck. It’s important to keep in mind the following 7 Steps on how to get through the time when a diagnose is in process and is finished. These steps can be a parent’s best guide in the unknown of a medical condition.
- Feel The Anger: Don’t be afraid to be angry. It’s not fair for your child to face another challenge and you holding it in makes it worse. Get angry though, then make peace with what you can’t control.
- Feel The Fear: Fear is good, in small doses. It helps mobilize a Mama Bear to fight hard to help her child. As long as fear doesn’t overshadow other elements.
- Research: Go online (to reputable sites and article) and read up on what you suspect. Tell your child’s doctor, therapist. Ask questions. You will feel better knowing you are doing something more than waiting.
- Go Out With Your Partner and Alone: Don’t be afraid to go out and be happy. You will be a better help to your child, especially in the light of stressful news.
- Surround Yourself With A Parent Network: Talk to other exceptional parents. Vent. Laugh. Cry. They are there for you as you are for them.
- Write Down Your Feelings: Keeping a diary or journal can help you make sense of a lot of stressful thoughts going around in your head.
- Seek Counseling : Don’t be afraid of your fears and anger about the unknown. All parents have been there. You’re human. Seek counseling for you and for you and your partner if you need.
Exceptional Parents, what steps have helped you come to a more positive place in handling new medical issues your child has? As long as you are honest about how you are feeling at any given time, you will get through it. Remember, you have come so far in advocating for what your child has now. You will simply acquire new skills to handle what lies ahead. Your child too is a champion that will persevere through any new challenges like they have in the past. Be gentle with yourself and with them. Until next time.
I am a writer, speaker and parent coach. I blog about how my exceptional son with autism and type 1 diabetes is raising me to a better human being and exceptional mom. My mission is to empower other exceptional parents to trust in their parenting instinct while letting their exceptional child open their eyes to all that is possible! For more information on my coaching services and to download a copy of my FREE EBOOK “5 WAYS TO HANDLE EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY ANXIETY” see my website, http://www.creatingexceptionalparenting.com.