Impacts & Insights: Parenting With A Health Condition


Impacts & Insights: Parenting With A Health Condition
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Parenting is hard enough, but spare a thought for those who have been diagnosed with a health condition. If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with a major, life-changing health condition or disease, it is going to turn their world upside down. And for any of us who have children of various ages and we are going through this terrible, life-altering illness, how can we cope while still being an effective parent?


The Day To Day Challenges

Every day as a parent is a challenge, and of course, this is even more so when your energy levels are depleted because of either having treatments, or from taking certain medication. This can mean it’s very difficult to look after your children properly or play with them, depending on the age of your children, it may be important to encourage your children to help with small tasks around the house. And with the support of your partner, it can become a routine for everyone in the house. So, for example, if your child is able to vacuum the house, this gives you an opportunity to rest. There will be daily challenges that can tire you out, but it important to rest little and often and take the opportunity when you can.


Looking For Support

It’s important not to try and muddle through alone if you can help it, if people are willing to help when they can, then don’t be proud and say that you’re okay, make the most of it. Every little helps in this respect, and the same applies online, such as online support groups. There are many resources you can find online, from finding your nearest support group to articles on how to live your life better while living with certain diseases. The Comprehensive Urology Medical Group website has a blog section that refers to healthy living in relation to people with urological problems such as prostate cancer. Depending on the illness you’re suffering from, it’s important to go for notifiable resources, such as noted medical group websites, as they will have much more information on specific health conditions. In terms of how you can deal with this medical problem, the opinion of the medical professional is always the first opinion to get. The moral support can be found in places like social media.


Thinking About How It Impacts Your Children

It can be heartbreaking to see your child slow down to accommodate to your speed of walking when you can see that they want to go and play. The hard thing is the long-term impacts on your children. Depending on their age, you may want to be upfront with them and discuss what it is you’re going through. On the other side of the coin, if you are just having a bad day, you may just want to say that you’re not feeling well today and need to go to bed. It’s important to try and be matter of fact, but if you try and hide your illness, this can be stressful for them. So it’s much better to be honest and say when you need to rest.


Being a parent with a health condition is one of life’s major challenges, but rest assured, there is a lot of help out there for you. It’s important to not go it alone in an emotional sense, but it’s possible to lead a fulfilling life for the sake of your children.

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