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5 Tips for Parenting with a Chronic Illness


Parenting poses many challenges, especially for those parents who are battling a chronic illness.

If you’re one of those parents, this blog post is for you! Here are 5 tips for parenting with a chronic illness.

1. Stress Less
We know it’s easier said than done, but try to stress less. Choose your battles and try not to worry so much about the little things. Instead, focus your energy and time on the things that truly matter.

2. Keep a journal
Chronic pain can cause you to become forgetful. The best way to avoid this is to write everything down. You can keep a journal, carry around a notebook or even jot things down in a calendar. The important thing is to find a method that works best for you and to stick to it.

3. Focus on the positive
A positive attitude and mindset can go a long way! While it may be hard at times, try to focus on the good and take your mind off the pain. There are so many reasons to feel positive about life.

4. Communicate with your child
Don’t leave your child completely out of the loop when it comes to your illness. Keep the line of communication open. Children have a way of sensing when something is wrong, so it’s important to reassure them that everything is okay.

5. It’s important to ask for help
Don’t be ashamed to ask for help when you need it. No one is perfect and at times, we all need a helping hand.

Give these a try and let us know how it goes! Have any tips you’d like to share with us? If so, tweet them to us at @ASAPLittleRock, or leave them in the comments section below. You can also follow us on Facebook by clicking HERE.

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