10 Holiday Tips For Special Needs Parents

Enjoy The Holidays With Your Special Needs Child

Author Deanna Picon Provides Complimentary Parent Guide For Holiday Enjoyment

This holiday guide offers ten proven tips designed to help parents, not only survive and manage the holidays, but actually have a pleasant and memorable season with their family and friends”

— Deanna Picon

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, US, December 6, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — During the busy and event-filled holiday season, parents of special needs children are often depressed and isolated. Many mothers and fathers feel as though a spotlight is being shined on their lives, and that their families fail to measure up to the so-called “normal” families portrayed in ads, TV programs and movies. This can create feelings of guilt, loneliness and stress that can take all of the joyfulness out of the holidays.

“This complimentary guide offers ten proven tips designed to help special needs parents, not only survive and manage the holidays, but actually have a pleasant and memorable season with their family and friends,” said Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC and author of The Autism Parents’ Guide To Reclaiming Your Life. The guide is available at no cost by downloading it at www.yourautismcoach.com.

Parents can apply these tips from the Enjoying The Holidays With Your Special Needs Child guide:

•Don’t Isolate Yourself. Your family and friends don’t like or love you less because you have a special needs child. In fact, they probably admire and respect you more than ever after seeing how challenging it can be to raise a child with a disability. Don’t shut these people out of your life. Being with those who care for you will make you feel good and recharge your batteries.

•Socialize Where You’re Comfortable. Attend holiday functions and events where you and your family feel at ease. The same principle applies to entertaining at home. Invite those who understand your child’s condition and support your family.

•Seek Help When You Need It. This season is the best time for seeking extra aid. Many people have time off from work and are full of the giving spirit, making this the perfect time to ask for a little assistance. There’s no shame in asking for and accepting that help. Allowing others to assist you will also make them feel good about the holidays.

•Enjoy The Gift Of “Personal Time”. When family and friends ask what you want for a present, do yourself a big favor by requesting a few hours of “me time” or “couple time” to refresh and recharge yourself. Do something that you truly enjoy, or that you simply never get the chance to do in your busy life. Let them come over to take care of your child in your home. You’ll know your child is safe and well-cared for, and there’s no child care costs. Does life get any better than this?

•Give Yourself Permission To Have Some Fun. Special needs parents may feel guilty for a having a good time over the holidays, even if it’s only for a few hours. But there’s no reason to feel guilty. A bit of enjoyment is good for you, and believe it or not, beneficial for your child. So, make sure you’ve got child care arrangements you have confidence in, then go to that dinner with friends, that office function or that holiday party. It will do wonders for your emotional outlook to unload the weight of your responsibilities for a short time.

•Make 2019 The Best Year Yet! Give yourself a pat on the back for surviving 2018! Recognize and reward yourself for being the great parent that you are. Day in and day out, you’re taking care of all your child’s needs. You deserve a medal for all the heroic things you do on an everyday basis. In 2019, make your New Year’s resolution to take better care of yourself. It’s important to make your own needs and happiness a priority, along with everyone else’s. You deserve it. And most importantly, it’s the best gift you can give yourself, child and family.

Your Autism Coach, LLC provides personalized guidance, comprehensive support programs and seminars that address the concerns of special needs parents. Now on Twitter (@yourautismcoach), look for the latest parenting tips and advice from Deanna Picon. She shows parents how to overcome the challenges of raising a child with special needs, while building a rewarding life for themselves. Deanna is the recipient of the 2015 “Top Life Coach Writer” Award from Autism Parenting Magazine.

Deanna Picon
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Psychologist Dr. Janis Johnston to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

OAK PARK, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, December 5, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — There are many challenging circumstances affecting families everywhere, but it's not always possible for parents to navigate those challenges alone. With the help of a family therapist, parents can identify what influences how they raise children and how everyone in the family can meet their potential.

Dr. Janis Johnston is a psychologist specializing in family life development, or the development of family dynamics over the life cycle. Dr. Johnston and her clients explore family dynamics in a holistic way: how they grow and how they change in positive ways.

“Parenting is a journey that a parent travels with their child, rather than a set of actions that an adult performs,” says Dr. Johnston.

According to Dr. Johnston, when raising a child, parents must re-negotiate their own unmet needs that surface from their childhoods as their children pass through phases of development.

Dr. Johnston is the author of It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent, which offers a guide for parent-child interactions for current parents and those who are considering becoming parents. The book maps the healthy development of children within a context of developing parents.

“All parents are parents-in-training,” says Dr. Johnston. “I really believe that parents stand to learn as much from their children as the kids learn from mom and dad. A child's issues can bring up memories of times that a parent experienced some challenge. When a parent acknowledges their own unmet childhood needs, they can begin to repair that trauma from their youth.”

Of course, parents must navigate their own journey as individuals as well. This idea runs most strongly though Dr. Johnston’s second book Midlife Maze: A Map to Recovery and Rediscovery After Loss.

“Midlife is actually the longest development stage and the least written about. It’s when we are most on top of our game but also the time when we begin to pile up losses in life,” says Dr. Johnston. “Loss has a way making you stop and reflect on your emotions, which presents the opportunity for parents to be forward-thinking, developing a growth mindset and a resilient focus in the present moment. If you look at the transition that loss brings as a “turning point,” you can gain a lot of wisdom about life.

“My hope is that individuals develop a growth mindset, opening themselves to creativity and learning, especially about their personalities,” says Dr. Johnston. “With intention, one can cope with the many challenges in one’s life while still growing as an individual, a parent, and as a caring family member.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Dr. Janis Johnston in an interview with Jim Masters on December 7th at 1pm EST.

Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio.

If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information on Dr. Janis Johnston, visit www.janisjohnston.com

Lou Ceparano
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