Parents are super humans… right? Well, at least that’s what our children think. So when we fall ill or get seriously injured, it can wreak havoc on the entire household. Aside from routines being thrown out the window, recovering from a serious injury can take a toll on everyone physically and psychologically. If you’re having trouble raising your children or helping them to understand what’s going on, this next bit of advice will come in handy.
Get an Attorney
If your injuries are the direct result of an accident that was not your fault, you should consider talking with an attorney. Even though you may be receiving some form of compensation from your employer or insurance company, in the long run, it may not be enough to cover the costs of the injuries.
A personal injury attorney law firm such as Bachus & Schanker LLC will be able to review your case and see if you’re entitled to further compensation. Finances can get stressful when one parent is out of work for a while, and it can add unnecessary stress, which can ultimately make it more challenging for you to recover and get your children through this change.
Focus on the Relationship
Though you may feel “powerless” at the moment in raising your children, this is far from the truth. While you may be physically incapable at the moment of doing the things you’re used to doing, you can still be a very integral part of their upbringing. At the end of the day, parenting is about building a strong relationship with your children. Here are some things you can do to strengthen the bond and let your children know you’re still there for them:
- Talk to them about their day when they come home from school or special activities. Ask lots of questions so that you can still be a part of their lives.
- Watch a fun television show or play video games with them on a regular basis for fun bonding time.
- Plan special time with each of your children individually so they each feel significant and loved
As parents, we want to be able to do everything for our children, but when you’re dealing with a physical injury, sometimes you just can’t. Rather than hurt yourself or deprive your children of things they may need/want, you should ask for help. Your family members are there to support you through this and they’d be more than willing to pitch in and help you with the things you’re unable to do at the moment. Whether it’s taking the kids to school or softball practice, or coming over and making meals for the week, all you have to do is ask – you’ll be surprised at the overwhelming amount of support that you receive.
Talk About Your Injuries
Your children know that you’re hurt, but depending on their age, they may not understand to what extent. As I’ve said before, they seem to believe that mom and dad are invincible so you’ll need to have a little chat about your injuries and what that means for the immediate future. This will include describing what happened, letting them know what your limitations are, and even answering any questions they might have.
Join a Support Group
Recovering from your injuries is not only physically challenging but psychologically challenging. It may be ideal for you to join a support group of individuals who are suffering from the same injuries as you. If you can’t physically make the meetings there are also many online support groups that you can join. Sometimes, just knowing that you’re not alone can help you get through it.
If you and/or your children are having a hard time coping psychologically, it may also be beneficial to consider seeing a family therapist. This will help you guys to sort through any unfamiliar emotions you’re going through so that you can continue to grow as a family unit.
Suffering from a physical injury as a parent can be daunting. You’re limited to what you can do, and so desperately want to be a focal point in raising your children. The good news is that there are effective solutions to getting past it. As you’re going to physical therapy and the doctors to recover physically, keep all of the above advice in mind so that you can your family can heal together.