Day 10: Restoring Calm, Overcoming Parental Frustration

Welcome to day 10 of the 31 Days of Restoration: Spiritual and Emotional Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs. You can find the main page for this series here.

Some days.

Oh boy.

Some days are just baffling.

I’m talking about the days when on top of the tasks we ordinarily do as parents of children with special needs, we also support our child through behavioral struggles and meltdowns and crises that are beyond typical.

I’m referring to extreme episodes of self-injurious behaviors. Headbanging. Biting. Kneeing. Kicking. But also, crying. Explosive outbursts. Rage. Loss of self-control.

Some days it’s just too much to handle. We are exasperated. We’re fed up. We’re beaten. We’re at our wits’ end. We’re tired of having to wrestle every single waking moment of our lives.

Despite the behavioral strategies we have under our belt, some days, we just want someone else to deal with it.

All of it.

It’s not because we don’t love our children. It’s just that some days, it is too much for one human being to withstand.

With a few deep breaths and some encouraging words, we can survive days like these, too.

Affirmations for Restoring Calm and Overcoming Parental Frustration

  • Even though I am ready to throw in the towel today, I know I am supported.
  • I love myself through this.
  • I love my child through this.
  • I am patient.
  • My child is patient with me.
  • No matter what, I know I will be OK.
  • No matter what, my child will be OK.
  • No matter what, it will all be OK.

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