The demands of parenting often are multiplied for parents of children with special health and behavioral needs, say the Science of Parenting bloggers from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. However, these parents will be better able to provide care for their children if they also take care of themselves.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 15 percent of U.S. families have a chronically ill child with special health needs. The extra demands cause stress that affects the whole family, said blogger Lori Hayungs, a human sciences specialist in family life.
“Caring for a child with special needs can require additional time, which can mean you have less time for your other children, your spouse or aging parents, who also need your attention,” Hayungs said.
“Maybe you’ve been criticized or judged by others who simply do not understand your child’s condition. You…