Tips for Parenting with Multiple Sclerosis
If parenting were a career, it would be best described as a full-time, overtime, weekend, and night commitment with little to no training before starting. The responsibility of caring for and raising a child is often talked about as the most rewarding experience that two human beings can share. Sometimes the joy of parenting hides behind tired eyes and a mountain of stress, but it is always there. Even after the kids have grown and left home, after the struggles and successes, the joy of parenthood remains.
It is almost impossible to talk to someone who is a parent without the phrase “it’s a lot of work” coming up. Parenthood is fraught with the unexpected; parents often find themselves fixing disasters, suddenly called to action, planning for the long-term and short-term, standing strong over time, providing support and encouragement, having hard conversations, and making immense personal sacrifice. All of the rigors of parenthood pale in comparison to the reward, but parents seem to be in universal agreement that parenthood—with all of its ups and downs—can be hard.