But what if you don’t have a village? Or your village is too toxic for your kids? My mother used to say it takes the whole family to raise kids. We lived at home with my grandparents living on the first floor. My parents had six kids, and it seemed like a lot more when you included neighborhood friends, boyfriends, girlfriends (when we were older). My mother had her friends with their own kids who were always around and sporadic visits from aunts, uncles and cousins. It felt like a village, a completely insane one- but a village none the less.
If you are reading this post, I want to give you a hug. Whether your child has had an issue since birth or has just been diagnosed with a disorder, it can be such a scary experience. It is very unnerving how your whole life can change in an instant. At the end of the day, you are still a parent. Your kids need you – so you have to find ways to cope when your child has a medical issue. My daughter was diagnosed with a seizure disorder about two years ago. Her first prolonged grand mal seizure was the scariest, worst day of my life. I thought…