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Taking Time For Yourself: Parent’s Need a Night Out

Parenting is a rewarding journey, but when it comes to caring for children with disabilities, particularly those experiencing blindness or a visual impairment, the role takes on an additional layer of complexity. It’s a journey filled with unique challenges that require unwavering dedication and resilience.

The Struggles Faced by Caregiver-Parents

Parents of children with special needs often find themselves navigating not only the unique demands blindness and visual impairments can often require, but also the emotional toll it can take. Research indicates that these dedicated caregivers are more susceptible to issues like anxiety and depression, along with various mental and physical health challenges arising from prolonged stress.

Why Self-Care is Essential

As a parent, your child always comes first. In the midst of caregiving responsibilities, it’s easy for parents to neglect their own well-being. However, understanding that self-care is not a luxury but a necessity is crucial. Taking time for yourself is a vital component of maintaining overall health. When parents prioritize their own mental and physical well-being, they are better equipped to provide the support and care their children need.

Why it Can Be Hard to Practice

Parents-caregivers often find practicing self-care challenging due to the demanding nature of their roles. Juggling life on top of the unique needs of children with disabilities can often leave little time and energy for personal time. Child-care alone can be a massive barrier for parents to find time to themselves. Especially for the parents of younger children, particularly those aged between 2-5, it can be difficult to find qualified child-care that takes special needs into consideration. This is where NBCF hopes to help alleviate some of the challenges parents face.

NBCF’s Support: A Night Off for Parents

As part of our commitment to supporting our students and their families, the NBCF is here to offer a helping hand. For parents of children between the ages of 2-5 years old, who want a well-deserved night off, NBCF will begin offering a monthly event where child-care will be offered between 6pm-9pm. Preschool will be cut short earlier in the day to ensure there is evening staff (9am-1pm). Events will begin in Spring 2024.This event will be an opportunity for parents to recharge, engage in self-care, and return to their caregiving roles with renewed energy and focus.

Remember, when you’re at your best, your child is more likely to thrive and succeed. Take this evening as an investment not only for yourself, but for your family. Let us be a part of your new self-care routine by helping you gain back a little personal time!

NBCF’s first Parent’s Night Out is this upcoming Friday, January 12 – if your child is enrolled in a CLC program and are interested, register here!

If you have any questions about this event, feel free to contact us at 702-735-6223 or email us at programs@nvblindchildren.org.

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