Focusing On Your Child’s Hearing Loss in Your (Already) Busy Life
Discovering that your child is hearing impaired usually comes when you are the least ready for it. You already have your hands full juggling a career, other kids, your spouse, and housekeeping. You can’t imagine having another responsibility to deal with.
If you work outside the home you may begin to wonder, “Will I have to quit my job?” If you have with other young children, you worry if caring for the other children will interfere with giving the hearing impaired child enough attention.
There is no right or wrong answer to these issues. One thing is certain, just the fact that you are confronting these issues show that you are headed in the right direction. Realizing that your life must be focused on caring for your child’s hearing impairment, is the first, and perhaps the most crucial step on the road to your child’s ultimate success.
Caring for your hearing impaired child does not mean you won’t have a life. Many mothers have successfully raised their hearing impaired children even while keeping their full-time jobs. Lots of successful kids were raised in families with lots of little kids. If you are determined to make it work, it can be done.
What is required, however, is a complete change of focus. Your first priority in life, is your child’s development. All your other obligations will have to work around that.
Setting this priority is perhaps the toughest part of it all. Once that is accomplished, everything else will fall in place.
These are the 5 steps you must take to make this change of focus happen:
- Realize That Your Child’s Success is Solely Dependent on You.
- Your Child’s Care is Your Number One Priority.
- Enlist Help and Encouragement From Spouse and Other Family Members.
- Educate Yourself on How You Can Work With Your Child.
- Network With Other Parents of Hearing Impaired Children.
Achieving this focus is very difficult, and it will take some time. Usually this will require a dramatic change of lifestyle. You may also need the help of family to make it all work out.
Ultimately, the hard work and sacrifices you and others make today will pay off. You will see the fruits of your labor with your child’s ultimate success. And by giving of yourself to your child, you will be making yourself a better person in the process.