A single parent we worked with was often exhausted by the attention and demands her daughter placed on her time and energy level. Having few supports outside the family did not allow for many breaks. This dedicated parent often spoke of being exhausted and out of patience, and she worried for her child’s future needs.
Both mother and daughter needed other outlets separate from one another. Placing her child in a swimming program gave them some time apart, but what was most helpful was a support group mother joined for parents with challenging children. This gave the mother a chance to voice to some of her needs, and the support to not feel alone.
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