I am grateful that I get to spend this time with her and her brother. I will honour this time of a more relaxed schedule.
Whichever route a family chooses, what matters is knowing when to ask for help and how to get the right help to care for any family member that needs an additional helping hand.
Comparing or minimizing our caregiving-related trauma can prevent us from healing. It’s never about the label itself, it’s about finding the tools, strategies, and supports to help you heal, find acceptance, and live a meaningful life.
What I discovered was that resistance is two energies competing against one another. The energy to evolve versus the energy to stay the same.
If I had to choose a female superhero to represent a family caregiver, I would choose a warrior that has a shield engraved with the letter “S”. The “S” stands for softness, spirit and self-awareness.
When people get tired and frustrated, compassion is usually one of the first things to go out the window. When actually, that’s when we need it most. Both compassion for ourselves and compassion for others.
But now I understand the importance of hope. Parents of children with autism need stories of inspiration and hope so that they never give up on their kids.
Simply having the discussion and mindset shift feels better - and also gives me reassurance that I can trust myself as a Mom.
February is the month of hearts and love. What are you waiting for? Start with radical self-love.