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Karen Wang
BY Karen Wang

10 Freedoms Every Special Needs Parent Should Have

Tonight marks the Jewish Holiday of Passover. The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. And, by following the rituals of Passover, The Jewish People have the ability to relive and experience the true freedom that their ancestors gained. (for more about Passover visit chabad.org).

As the holiday of Passover symbolizes the concept of freedom I would like to share with you 10 freedoms that parents of a child with special needs should give themselves.

1. Freedom from technology:
Give yourself the gift of one unplugged hour.

2. Freedom from noise:
If necessary, close the bathroom door, turn on the water for a few minutes and listen to yourself think.

3. Freedom from appointments:
Schedule one day without medical or therapy appointments.  No insurance, medical or therapy-related phone calls, either.

4. Freedom from worry:
Put aside concerns for one day to focus on the positive and laugh as much as possible.

5. Freedom from multi-tasking:
Do one thing at a time and do it well.

6. Freedom from negativity:
Just walk away from negative comments, and seek out supportive people and situations.

7. Freedom from hurrying:
Slow down, simplify your routine and give your loved one a little more independence in the daily routine.  Focus on observing and enjoying each moment.

8. Freedom from tension:
Stretch and massage your own muscles, especially in the face, neck and shoulders.  Observe how reduced physical tension changes your interactions with others.

9. Freedom from the indoors:
Take a walk through a nature area where there’s less visual cutter, and re-think your priorities.

10. Freedom from judgement:
Let go of past mistakes, refrain from judging the choices of others, and make a better tomorrow.

Share your freedoms here!

Karen Wang

Written on April 14, 2014 by:

Karen Wang is a Friendship Circle parent. You may have seen her sneaking into the volunteer lounge for ice cream or being pushed into the cheese pit by laughing children. She is a contributing author to the anthology "My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids With Disabilities"
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