However, parenting a child with special needs includes the same elements as parenting a child with ordinary needs. Every parent may take on a number of roles depending on the child’s age, circumstances and needs. These include the following:
- Gives love
- Teaches about life
- Manages relationships
- Sets boundaries
Important to remember the following:
- The primary duty of a parent is to be a parent, not a rehabilitator.
- Look after your wellbeing, too. Then you have a better capacity to face your day-to-day routines. Do not neglect your adult contacts, your relationship with your partner and other people in your close circle. If you feel tired-out, get help in time.
- Trying is the most important thing. Nobody can succeed every time. Therefore, be merciful and understanding – to yourself and your child. Nobody needs to be perfect. You are the best parent for your child. Nobody loves your child as much as you do.
- A child has the right to feel she is good and loved and do things she can and be what she is. Companionable sharing and small successes support the child’s self-confidence. The child should be able to have hobbies and interests he or she likes and feels good at.
- Focus on the future, emphasise goals, not difficulties. Be happy about small things. Do not compare with others.