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If you’re a parent with a spinal cord injury, you have some unique challenges to face, including your own doubts. Explore guidance to help you overcome them.
If you have children, having a spinal cord injury presents some unique challenges on several different levels. Mobility issues can create obstacles to child-rearing. Fortunately, there are some practical tips and solutions, including using innovative adaptive products that can help you manage your parenting responsibilities with greater ease.
Parents with spinal cord injuries often worry about the impact of their situation on their children. Ultimately, parenting is about loving, guiding, caring and nurturing. Your reduced mobility should not limit you in any of those areas.
Some parents with spinal cord injuries also worry about “parentification,” a family dynamic where children are forced to care for their disabled parents at an early age. Even though it is a popular misconception that this happens frequently, research has shown that it rarely occurs. Most of these parents actually go out of their way to shield their children from the burden of care.
Practical challenges and solutions
Daily child-rearing and parenting activities present unique challenges for those with limited mobility, particularly for parents of infants. Getting the baby in and out of bed, changing nappies, bathing and many other daily tasks can be difficult to manage. In couples where one person has no disability, this parent can take on some of the harder tasks.
Here are some additional practical tips:
It's true that parenting with a spinal cord injury isn't easy, but don't doubt your ability to raise caring, responsible and compassionate children. With just a few adjustments, many of your daily parenting tasks can be made much easier.
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