Supporting your own wellbeing
We believe that the most important influence on a deaf child’s life is their family, therefore the emotional health and wellbeing of everyone in the family is also very important.
In this section we will we will discuss aspects of your wellbeing such as stress and self-love, and help you combat stress-inducing situations such as the morning school run!
As parents, most of us will have feelings of guilt about how we parent our children at some point. It stems from our own internal pressures as well as external influences. For example:
- images in the media of happy ‘picture perfect’ family
- expectations from family, friends, other parents and professionals
- false messages that you are to blame for your child’s behaviour
- unhelpful responses to deafness.
Anxiety can be compounded when a deaf child also has an additional need such as a learning difficulty. This can also trigger feelings of guilt, which in turn can lower your morale and make you feel powerless to make changes.
Try and believe in yourself and trust in your ability to raise your child. You know your child better than anyone, so you know how to communicate with them and know if something is wrong.
Trust your instincts. If your child received a delayed diagnosis for their deafness or another condition, try not to blame yourself. Many parents have never dealt with deafness before and the process of getting diagnosis and treatment is completely new to them.
As time goes on you will know what to expect and how to deal with professionals. You’ve learned a brand new set of skills, and are exploring a whole new dimension to family life.