Saturday, April 05, 2008

Simple Advocacy-Day Six

Sit still. Put down the cell, get away from the computer, stop talking, forget the laundry, and clear your mind. No doubt you're juggling a million different things with your child's schedule, appointments, meetings, research, and daily challenges. Your body and mind may be in danger of overload.


Today, give yourself ten minutes to sit quietly, clear your mind and take care of you. Look out the window and observe the birds or budding trees in your backyard, sit in the warm sun, stretch, pet your cat or dog, slowly sip that cup of coffee, or just observe your breathing. You can even take longer in the bathroom, but close the door. The idea is to get away from your demands for a short while and add some much-needed balance and self care back into your life.

Your brain, and you, will appreciate the time off, however brief. Stop problem solving for a few minutes. The world won't end because you take some time for you, and you will most likely return to your challenges refreshed and better able to cope. It's not selfish. It's necessary to go the parenting distance.

Just be still.

Permission granted!
Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations

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