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Parenting Tips for MS Patients

August 13, 2015

Parenting is hard enough as it is, but parenting and having to live and cope with a chronic illness? Even more challenging. Here are some tips that can help get you through it whether you’re a new parent, recently diagnosed or just trying to get by.

Be open and honest.

Although you might be hesitant to explain all the ins and outs of your struggles with your children, it’s best to be fully honest with them. This also includes younger children, even at a young age kids can sense when something is off. Telling them that you aren’t feeling well and you’ll be better soon would work best for your young ones.

Older children and teens on the other hand can understand more serious medical information and it’s best to let them know what’s actually going on. It’s best to share your MS issues with them to reassure them that sometimes a situation is not actually worse than they had assumed.

Educate them on MS.

Your kids should know what mom or dad is going through in order to fully understand what it is you’re living with. This goes along with honesty—as they age you can present them with newer and more complex information. There are a bunch of resources to help explain MS to kids, there are books and magazines available, as well as a short YouTube video series called Annie & Dan Talk About MS, which explains MS in an easy way for children to understand.

Spend quality time with your kids.

Your schedule is tightly packed with doctor’s appointments, bills and other responsibilities, as your kids’ schedules might be too. Since time might seem to fly by fairly quickly, it’s best to make all the time you possibly can to spend it with your children. Whether this be helping them with their homework, playing games, watching a movie and trying to sit down and eat meals together as a family. This gives you time to push your MS to the side and spend well-needed time with your loved ones.

Seek help when you need it.

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it be just from your spouse, parents, siblings, a friend, another parent or support group. Some times are definitely more difficult than others when living with an illness like multiple sclerosis, it’s always alright to ask for some extra hands to help you out. 

Parenting Tips for MS Patients - Thu August 13, 2015 3:32 PM