How in the world am I going to handle this?

That might be one of the first thoughts most of us FOXG1 parents have. You’re not alone. Being a special needs parent can feel very lonely at times. Of course we all have a different experience and different situations. The Facebook Parent Support Group and the Facebook Family and Friends Group, has proven to be incredibly comforting.

The best advice we can give is to take care of yourself, first, as much as you can. When you feel good, and you’re happy, you are more able to handle the challenges in life. When you feel good, it’s easier to be the best parent you can be.

This is your life. Don’t give that up because you feel that you only have time to care for others.
Try your hardest to take the time to do what you love. Sometimes just going for a 20 minute walk can do a world of wonder. Don’t forget to find and do the things that light you up inside, whatever it is. Do you love music? Find a way to see some live music. Go dancing. Cook your favorite foods. Get together with the people who remind you of who you are.

Many parents find joy in writing their story. Start a blog. Chronicle your journey.
We can go on and on and turn this FAQ to a self-help blog, but you get the point. Ask yourself every day if you’re doing something that makes you happy.
Stay healthy. Try your best to think of all that you are grateful for each day (it’s a key to happiness). And when you want to cry and punch the couch, do that too.