Living life to the fullest has always been my motto, but that isn’t always the easiest thing to do when you have a physical disability. I have been learning tips and tricks to being a great mom while having a physical disability. These tips and tricks have already been helping me to be a great mom and because of that I really want to share what I have learned with everyone. I would like to think that there are other women out there who felt lost and frustrated becoming a mom while having a physical disability.
1. Gadgets are your friend
Growing up with a physical disability you learn ways to adapt your life, but that never quite prepares you for major life changes. Bringing a child in the world is definitely a major life change and there will be things that you cannot do like other moms out there, but that does NOT make you a bad mom. You just need to find a way to do it yourself. One way that I have learned to adapt things is by buying the Button Bopper. It allows me to be able to push the buttons on car seats, strollers, and other devices that have tough little buttons to help keep your children safe. There are so many more things that you can do to make life easier that will also turn you into that great mom that you want to be.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Asking for help does NOT make you a bad mom; asking for help means that you are admitting you have limitations. It also means that you are willing to give your child the best care that they can receive whether or not you are physically able to do it yourself. This is an important thing to remember because being a great mom means that you are always looking out for your child’s best interest.
3. Be Creative
Creativity can help you spend time with your children even when you don’t think you have the energy to keep going. Don’t give up. If you are feeling tired or too drained to stay on your feet then find an activity you can do with your child on the bed, couch, or floor. Your little one will appreciate the time you spend with him instead of just setting him inside a play pen. Have a few little toys that you can play with together or a good book to read. You won’t want to miss out on these opportunities while you have them.
4. Be willing to use all of your spoons, plus some
Anyone who has physical limitations like me probably knows the Spoon Theory. If you don’t the spoon theory consists of a theory stating that every day you start with so many spoons and each task you do will take up a different amount of spoons. The idea is to show the world that every little task can be a little bit harder for us. Here is the thing when you are a mom and you want to be there for a child it may seem like magically when you thought all of your spoons were gone more appear. This is okay. This is great. You may be extra exhausted when you finally hit the hay, but remember it will be worth it in the end.
5. Let your instincts take over
Don’t question yourself as much as you want to. It is okay to let your instincts take over. Just because you have limitations it does not mean that those instinctual motherly actions and feelings won’t come into play. Instead your body will guide you and help you to know what you can do right to take care of your child. You have an inner strength that grows even stronger with that bond between you and your child.
Just be the Great Mom you know you can be!
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