Parents of disabled kids face just as many struggles as parents of non-disabled kids and more. Parents of disabled kids need support for themselves and their children. Here are a few life hacks from other parents of disabled kids.
#1. Family File
Keep all important documents such as:
- Doctors Information – phone numbers, future appointments, questions to ask.
- Finances – bills, goals, savings
- Family schedule – daily to-do lists
#2. Be Chilled
“Almost daily get me an iced coffee after school drop off. Only worry about that day’s events. Take naps, and its OK if I don’t cook or clean that day.“=Melissa H,
#3. Be Prepared For Travelling
“I always keep my car filled with things we may need: portable potty, clothes, painkillers, wipes, different shoes, etc. Our situation can change at the drop of a hat and I always used to get caught out with nothing as I was never prepared. Looks like we are off camping half the time, but we can relax a little.“=Naomi H.
#4. Pre-plan the day ahead
“Clothes get laid out the night before, different bags for different activities (dance/gym/swim etc). The stuff just gets washed then replaced in the appropriate bag. pre-cook a batch of meals. Bulk buy household items on Amazon Prime. Medications ordered in a double batch so only needs to be done every two months, then decanted into a smaller weekly bottle which sits in the same place on kitchen table so doses never get forgotten. Calendar is split into four sections: one for daughters school and one for her therapies; the other two are for me, one work and one for personal. There’s a toothbrush for my daughter in each bathroom so we rarely forget. Cleaning supplies are also kept in each bathroom.“=LJ M.
#5. Make The Day Colorful
“Add color-coding to a wall calendar to help a child know their schedule and organize their day.”
“cool sneakers in cool designs”
“blues, greens, purples, browns and black are soothing and comforting.”