Raising children is an experience like no other: the joy, the busyness, the lack of sleep, the desire to be a good parent. And then add to that possibility or confirmation that your child is deaf or hard of hearing and those highs and lows intensify.
With added responsibilities such as managing hearing and assistive technology, developing effective communication, advocating for your child’s needs, and navigating tele-communication, parents understandably can become bogged down in their role. While these additional responsibilities can be overwhelming at times, it is also critical to focus on your own emotional well-being, to bond with your child, and to encourage your child’s healthy social-emotional development. Here are some tools to help you tend to your health as well as your family’s.