Parenting with MS can come with some unique challenges, but it also brings moments of comfort and occasions that make you want to lean your head back and laugh.
The multiple sclerosis (MS) community shared the situations they’ve experienced that other parents with MS could relate to. Here are their top answers...
You know you’re a parent living with MS when…
Your child gets confused about MS and every time they see M&Ms in a supermarket shout, ‘Mummy, you’ve got M&M’s haven’t you?’ (- Erica Taylor)
Your kids say you’re a really bad driver after rolling over their foot several times in a mobility scooter. (-Jenny Clarkson)
Your kids compare you to a character in Zootropolis because your reactions aren’t as quick as they used to be. Thanks kids! (-Jenny Clarkson)
You try to feed your baby a jar of food and a hand tremor accidentally throws it all over their face. (- Denny Johnson)
Your hand tremors get even worse and feeding is so messy they just take the spoon off you and start feeding themselves. (- Jacobo)
Running around and keeping up with your kids can be a challenge, so the garden is filled with non-running related activities like trampolines. (-Celia)
You feel a huge sense of relief that the kids love ‘duvet days’ as much as you do. Especially when fatigue is getting the better of you. (-Jenny Clarkson)
The children think they’ve been so well behaved they get pizza for tea two nights in a row, but really your hands aren’t working enough to cook. (-Jenny Clarkson)
You turn everyday activities like grocery shopping into a game so the children can do most of the leg-work and you can rest. (- tubie_doobie_doo)
Your child always asks you if you need any help or if you’re ok and you feel nothing but pride.
For every parent there can be highs and lows, but parenting when you have MS can present its own unique challenges. If you feel like your MS is making it difficult for you to be the parent you want to be, remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness but is an opportunity for those around you to offer some support. Consider having an open and honest conversation with your family, friends, a support group, your neurologist or MS nurse. There could be ways to improve your quality of life with MS.
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