Eight Valentine's Day Tips For Parents Of Special Needs Children

Author Deanna Picon Offers Eight Ways For Couples To Keep The Love Alive

With all the responsibilities and challenges of raising a special needs child, relationships are often put on the back burner, so it's important for couples to take time for themselves”

— Deanna Picon

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, US, February 14, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Sustaining a strong and fulfilling marriage or relationship while raising a son or daughter with a disability is no easy task. Managing all aspects of a child’s daily living – including personal needs, school activities, therapy and medical appointments – can leave little time for oneself, much less a partner.

“Every relationship needs to be nurtured and cared for, but with all the challenges of raising a special needs child, it often seems impossible,” said Deanna Picon, founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC and author of The Autism Parents’ Guide To Reclaiming Your Life. Picon is also the recipient of the 2018 "Top Parental Advice Writer Award" by Autism Parenting Magazine. “With all the responsibilities and pressures, relationships are often put on the back burner, so it’s important for couples to take care of each other.”

Parents can apply these simple tips to have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and throughout the year.

1. Give yourself permission to enjoy. Keep in mind that it’s perfectly okay for you and your spouse to make time for yourselves. Special needs parents may find themselves feeling guilty for a having a good time, even if it’s only for a few hours. But there is no reason to feel bad; a bit of enjoyment is good for you and your whole family. Every couple needs some time alone together to reconnect and keep the emotional and communication bonds strong.

2. Schedule some couple time. It can be as simple as planning “fun dates” for yourselves on a weekly or monthly basis. Write it on the calendar. Enter it in your cell phone. Hire a caregiver for a few hours or ask a good friend or family member to stay with your child. Go bowling or have a quick bite at a local restaurant. Participate in hobbies, activities and events you enjoy. Above all, when you're out together, do not discuss your child and/or children. Have a conversation about the two of you. It will probably be the first time you've done that in years.

3. Save for future fun. Saving up for your next adventure can be almost as fun as going there. You can buy a little bank, cover it in gift wrapping paper and label it “Good Times Bank.” Put all your loose coins in it at the end of the day and watch your savings mount up. Use the extra cash to do or buy something you both enjoy.

4. Book a romantic getaway. Many hotels and bed and breakfast inns offer affordable, weekend getaway packages for couples. They may feature a bottle of champagne in your room or breakfast in bed. Ask a family member or close friend (well in advance!) if they can watch your special needs child and/or other children for one of two days. Staying at your home, with familiar surroundings, will make it easier for your child.

5. Start fresh traditions. Creating new routines can add a spark to your relationship. For example, write down simple and relaxing things such as “give me a back or foot massage with scented oils” on small pieces of paper or note cards and put them in a jar. Each week, take turns picking one out.

6. Appreciate each other. Show your gratitude for all the wonderful or demanding things you are doing as partners and parents. Tell each other, “You’re amazing. I’d be lost without you” every once in a while. It’s always nice to hear compliments, especially from your partner. Take over a task if you can. This extra time will allow your partner to do something they enjoy but never have the time to. Thank each other for acts of kindness, such as letting you sleep late some mornings.

7. Keep the romantic fires burning. Attention and affection for each other doesn’t have to be reserved for just date nights and special occasions like Valentine’s Day. A little extra effort on both sides can generate ongoing intimacy. A kiss goodnight, a gentle touch as you pass in the hall, a love message by e-mail or text. These little gestures can mean so much.

8. Surprise each other. You don’t have to wait for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s or Father’s Day to do something nice and special for your partner. Give him/her a balloon that says “You’re Special” or “I Love You.” Buy a small bouquet of flowers or something that your spouse wants like a DVD collection of favorite TV shows.

Your Autism Coach, LLC provides personalized guidance, comprehensive support programs and seminars that address the concerns of parents of special needs children. 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 2018 “Top Parental Advice Writer” Award by Autism Parenting Magazine.

Deanna Picon
Your Autism Coach, LLC
email us here

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An Appeal to the UAE Government.

Brain education is about actualizing your full emotional health power.

Wisdom education is brain cleaning education.

Create your pure self by healing your brain through brain education.

Stop letting your emotional baggage rule your life.

Brain and mind are two separate entities and so mind and brain education are different.

The quality of the self-image determines the quality of life for individuals, groups and countries.

The UAE leadership are the world's greatest #VisionActualizers who are focused on innovating a new world and I would like to offer them my path to a Wise World.

Why wait for old age to become wise. Get rid of the wisdom blocking emotional baggage now. Wisdom is pure love and as love is an emotion so is wisdom that effortlessly springs from emotional health.”

— Sajid Khan, Wisdom through brain education.

DUBAI, UAE, February 7, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The improvement of the world will not come from the UN or the Wisdom Gurus or even, 'The Summit' currently being held in Dubai. They all keep talking about changing the mindset. The mind is the smoke/fragrance/reflection of the brain and so to change the mind the brain has to be healed. Our experts have fuzzy knowledge about the brain and mind being two separate entities. They keep trying to change the smoke when they need to deal with the fire!

Any wonder that in spite of all these conferences and meetings of the most brilliant and latest knowledge packed minds, the world is as emotionally ill/challenged as ever. All these experts are stuck on changing minds! The results are almost as bad as trying to change a reflection.

The #1 problem that needs to be fixed is the emotional health of the vast section of the population. Emotional health is the foundation of health and yet there is no testing or manual for emotional health. No wonder in spite of all the advances and break throughs society is as messed up as ever.

It is not because of lack of effort to improve the emotional well being of the population. It is just that the experts are focused on trying to solve the problem by trying to make everyone emotionally intelligent. Emotional intelligence is the science term for wisdom and like wisdom it is the smoke where emotional health is the fire. So all efforts are directed to creating smoke instead of lighting the fire.

The problem is compounded as hundreds of thousands of papers and tens of thousands of books on emotional intelligence have been published where emotional intelligence is branded as the panacea for the social ills. Will these authors and publishers ever admit that they are wrong? Most leading universities now have emotional intelligence department when they should have emotional health departments. In fact not just universities even hospitals and businesses and even jails should have emotional health departments.

Emotional health departments are even more essential as happiness is a top priority of every government department in the UAE. Pure happiness is an attribute of emotional health, as are all the other attributes of wisdom because wisdom is emotional health!

There are two every prominent universities that have Wisdom Research Institutes, Chicago and Berlin Universities. Their problem is that they consider wisdom as a stand alone entity which it is not. Also they are still confused about the mind and they lump the brain and mind as one. So no matter how much research they do they are stuck in half baked knowledge.

You have a chance to open, The Zayed Wisdom Research Institute. I have already done the fundamental research, so you will have a head start. We may call this institute, The Zayed Emotional Health Institute as emotional health (EH) is wisdom.

This institute will create text books on EH for educational entities from hospitals to universities.

Brain, mind, and addiction therapies for hospitals. Manuals for emotional health, happiness, relationships.

Create working, crystal clear definitions based on pure science for the big mysteries of philosophy.

Create emotional health apps.

A Robotic seal that should be on every desk.

Create a separate subject of Brain Education.

Produce movies, songs, sculpture, paintings, seminars, toys, robots etc. on wisdom.

Create Wise Parenting guidelines.

Create a new profession of Brain Healers.

Create a fundamental formula for peace.

Establish Wisdom Land, Brain Power Club, Wisdom Day, Wisdom Hall of Fame, and Emotional Health Day etc.

Create testing and manuals for emotional health, happiness, relationships etc.

Also a whole new profession of Wise Parenting Inspectors, and Brain Education (BE) Coaches.

I already have the basics for all of the above.

The reason why professors in the west do not endorse my ideas is because they have already published half-baked ideas and even thousands of books with fuzzy and defective knowledge and so they will have to admit that all these published papers and books are wrong filled with only partly true knowledge.

For example Oprah has been promoting defective knowledge for 4 decades and do you think she will admit that she and her experts are wrong? The biggest so called expert on Emotional Intelligence has written many books describing EI by its four attributes. It is like describing a cake as a mixture of eggs, sugar, flour and butter. I told him that the world wants to know the cake and he is showing them that the cake is eggs, sugar, flour and butter. So I drew on a paper plate these cake ingredients and told him to look at this drawing and eat these items and tell me what a cake tastes like and and tell me how a cake looks like. He had no answer. So he will have to admit his books are defective. He is now slowly shifting to my idea.

Big universities now have EI departments when they should have EH departments. You will be the first to have EH departments as well as in all other institutions including hospitals.

You have a big opportunity to bring the Nobel Prize to the UAE. The bigger opportunity is that you will change the world.

With all this you will be opening a massive opportunity for creating all kinds of jobs and the social benefits will be priceless!

You have the power to create the right path to an emotionally healthy world!

Sajid Khan, President
4th R Foundation
+1 201-450-8098
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All emotions, including wisdom and love etc can now be defined in numbers. The art of living is now a science. Wisdom is a science!

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National Award-Winning Publication Honors the Best Contributors of 2018

My lifelong mission is to help special needs parents, like myself and my husband, overcome the challenges of raising a child with a disability, while having a good life for themselves”

— Deanna Picon

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, US, February 6, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Deanna Picon has been named the recipient of the 2018 Top Parental Advice Writer Award by Autism Parenting Magazine, a national award-winning publication. Deanna Picon is also the founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC and author of The Autism Parents’ Guide To Reclaiming Your Life.

“Deanna's passion and commitment is inspirational as she lovingly guides families affected by autism on their journey together. Her realistic and uplifting articles provide the reassuring support so many parents with special needs children seek on a daily basis. Deanna is a real asset to the autism community,” said Amy KD Tobik, Editor-In-Chief, Autism Parenting Magazine.
“I’m deeply honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Deanna Picon. “My lifelong mission is to help special needs parents, like myself and my husband, overcome the challenges of raising a child with a disability, while having a good life for themselves.”

In her groundbreaking book, magazine articles and work with parents of special needs children, Picon emphasizes that parents must learn to care for themselves and each other, as well as their sons and daughters.

“It may be the hardest thing a parent will ever do, since it always feels like your child should be the priority. However, special needs parents like us must give ourselves permission to have a good life, with fun and relaxation thrown in now and again,” said Picon. “If you don’t take care of yourself and your marriage, you won’t be able to take care of your child in the long term.”

Deanna Picon’s widely acclaimed book, The Autism Parents’ Guide To Reclaiming Your Life, is available through Amazon.com. Her unique perspective on the challenges of parenting special needs children include the following tips for parents:

•Remember who you are. It’s very easy to allow an all-encompassing challenge like raising a child with a disability to define you. Like any parent, much of your life is going to be centered on your children, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon the hobbies, events and activities you enjoy doing, even if it’s once a month.

•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.

•Ask for help when you need it. There will be times when all the challenges and stress get on top of you, and you just need an extra pair of hands to help you through. There’s no shame in asking for and accepting help from family and friends. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a sign of weakness. It’s actually a sign of strength and courage to share your needs with others.

•Give yourself permission to have some fun. Don’t feel guilty for having a good time occasionally. Ask a relative or close friend to watch your child for a few hours, so you can do something you like but rarely get the chance to. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi or go to the billiards hall to shoot some pool. It’s beneficial to unload the weight of your responsibilities for a short time.

•Manage your health. It’s important to take care of yourself, especially with everything on your plate. Try to get at least six hours of sleep a night, eat properly and get some exercise.

•Reward yourself. Do something nice for yourself, each week, no matter how small. It could be as simple as setting aside 30 minutes to read your favorite magazine, watch television or call, text or email a friend.

•Celebrate you! Know you’re amazing. If anything, you’re an even stronger and better person for having stepped up to the challenges of life with a special needs child.

Your Autism Coach, LLC provides personalized guidance, comprehensive support programs and seminars that address the issues and concerns of special needs parents. Now on Twitter (@yourautismcoach), look for the latest parenting tips and advice from Deanna Picon.

Deanna Picon is available for interviews by contacting her at (347) 869-4705 or info@yourautismcoach.com.

Deanna Picon
Your Autism Coach, LLC
+1 347-869-4705
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire