It sometimes seems as if parents spend all their time fire-fighting, until they’re running on empty with no resources left. Taking care of yourself is often the hardest part of special needs parenting, and the one that gets pushed to the end of the queue. If you don’t look after you, you could crash and fall or become seriously ill, and then what happens to the children? There are so many ways to help build coping mechanisms, and during this session parents will also get a chance to pool ideas on how to self-care. At the end of the session, parents will have a good appreciation of why looking after yourself is so important, and they will have the beginnings of an action plan in how to become more mentally resilient.
Objectives
· Gives parents an understanding of why looking after themselves is essential, and not self-indulgent or selfish.
· Gives parents the tools to find time in the day for themselves
· Parents explore ideas of how to best use their own “me time” in ways that will resonate with them as individuals
· Parents explore ways of reducing their daily workload
· Parents leave the workshops feeling more confident, more supported and better able to cope
· To create a safe and supportive space for parents to share their experiences openly
· To meet other parents in similar situations and therefore to reduce feelings of isolation

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