But if you're a parent of a child who is sick or has special needs, your schedule likely involves doctor's visits, therapy sessions, and waiting for doctors and insurance companies to return your phone calls. And then there's the exhaustion and endless worry.
What you need is help. But how can you get it? Here are six suggestions for making your life a little less complicated.
The burden shouldn't be on you to make it easier for someone to help you. You have enough on your plate. Besides, most people want to help. If you let your friends or family know what you need, they will know how to help you and feel less burdened — and that's not just good for you, but for your whole family.
Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: September 2015
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