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Moms: Take Care of Yourselves Too

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Monday, 21 Mar 2016 02:48 PM Current | Bio | Archive

What makes Allison Janney's TV character, Mom, so comical is that she's pretty messed up. It's all about her, not her daughter, Christy (Anna Faris) or anyone else.

That's pretty much the opposite of most real moms — especially those whose children face challenges such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, or dyslexia.

Unfortunately, many real moms believe that because their children come first, they themselves come last. But it's not a zero-sum game.

A new study from Tel Aviv University shows how beneficial it is for moms to focus on their own needs and aspirations, and not just on their children’s difficulties. That's not just for Mom's sake; it also improves her child's quality of life!

The researchers looked at 30 moms of kids with ASD and discovered that when the moms engage daily in personal and professional interests and obligations, they gain a sense of personal satisfaction and the child does better at everything from brushing his or her teeth to playing with friends.

The researchers concluded: "If you participate meaningfully in life, it is likely that your child will participate too."

We understand that it can be difficult to make time for yourself. You need a great support system, good school programs, and caring family and friends in order to make it work.

Start to build that network now. If you have a child with special needs or know someone who does, check out www.yellowpagesforkids.com, a state-by-state listing of resources for children with a wide variety of needs, as well as www.autismsupport.org and www.nationalautismassociation.org.
 

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