Being a parent of a special child can be extremely hard, as it calls for a tedious, unappreciated job. You are sure to feel isolated and alone, even though there are numerable other parents that have gone through the same scenario. You will most probably never get an appreciation for all the effort you put into raising your child. Also, you have to put in double times the effort that a normal mother does.
Know this, whether somebody acknowledges the efforts you put in or not, you are a superhero! The difficulty of being a mother to a special needs child is something only you can understand. While parenting a special child, you must keep certain points in mind in order to ensure a healthy development of your child, both emotionally and mentally, as well as improve the relationship between you and your child:
1. Do not compare your child or yourself with others
Comparing will only lead to discouragement for both you and your child. Each case of parenting is different from the other, and it would not be wise to compare your child with other children
2. Stay positive around your child
Your child has a simple logic: they pick up the emotions that you show and this is the case with any child. Showing negativity can slow down their growth and it might also cause negative development.
3. Your child needs special attention
Stay connected with your child at all times. Interact with your child at any occasion that you get. For a special child to grow and develop, they need someone around them, encouraging them at all times.
4. Do not follow the cliché that mothers of other special children drill into your mind
Each child is different, and the way you bring up your child reflects his/her growth and development. It is not necessary that what did not work out for one parent might not work out for you. Go with your motherly instinct. It is incredibly expensive to raise a special child, so be prepared to shower your child with love as well as give them the needed medication that can reduce the chances of any negative growth. Encourage your child in every aspect. Even though you might be having a bad day, try and subdue your feelings that might rub off on your child. You are doing an extraordinary yet strenuous task. Do not forget to give yourself a break every once in a while, as you deserve it. Its alright to get the help of your husband or in-laws.