If you have a child that has a developmental disability it’s clear that you have more than enough on your plate. You are constantly having to make decisions about the future for your child with no hope of input that they will be able to make truly sound decisions for yourself. You could be left feeling like you might not make the right decisions. Whether it be schooling, treatment options, or just day to day care of the child, you are probably feeling overwhelmed. But, if you keep these three people in your life, you are guaranteed to make these decisions a lot easier on you and the child.
Your Spouse or The Child’s Other Parent – Whether you are married or divorced, the hope is that the child has a good relationship with both of you and that you are both committed to making sure that the child is always being looked out for. The fact is your relationship with the other parent is essential in making sure good decisions are made and that your stress level is at a minimum. This is the person you are going to need to make all the important decisions with, like where to send the child to school, who will be home to take care of the child, and due to hospital visits and other expenses which bill will you sacrifice that month, Brighthouse or 21st car insurance. This will be most important person in you and your child’s journey through life.
The Child’s Doctor – Making sure you pick out the right doctor is a big deal, but once you do pick out the right doctor you should know from there that you are in good hands. That doctor has the training needed to make big decisions. Let him make the decisions and you follow them. That is a lot of what trust is all about.
A Good Friend – They might not have any good advice or sound experience to help you but they can be an ear to your problems and can take your mind off of things when you really need it. Make sure you have a good friend around at all times. This part is really for your benefit and the benefit of your sanity. Having someone to talk to about your current situation and how you are feeling is a big switch from always worrying about your child and their feelings.