When Parenting Gets Tough
Since I am not a mother myself, I decided to do some research on some common feelings and emotions that parents face, especially when caring for a child who has different abilities. Every article I read or website that I found explained the same things, parents feel anger, frustration and guilt mostly all the time and those feelings come in overwhelming waves that can be hard to deal with. One article that I found on Today's Parent focused on "Mom Rage," what it is and the best ways to deal with it. From a personal perspective, one mom explains the struggles that she faces with her children and the anger she feels when things just don't "go right." Rage on its own is uncontrollable and totally normal for parents or moms, in general who are required to put their needs aside to serve everyone else. Understanding your triggers and ways to cope are some of the most important things to be aware of when you are examining your "rage." This article explains that when trying to cope, one could try writing it all down, meditating, figure out what you need (or what you can control), or consider seeking professional support. Most importantly, it's vital that as a parent you understand that you are not alone and everyone struggles with the responsibility of being a parental figure and all of the curveballs that come with it. Also, understand that there are ways to control the emotions that arise in the heat of the moment. Even if none of these methods sound appealing or they won't work for you, try anything; try whatever you think will work for you. Ultimately, putting in the work will make you feel better and happier in the long run.
If you find yourself struggling and do not know how to cope, feel free to reach out to us. We provide therapy services for $20 for families who are coping with Autism.