Practical Parenting Tips for those with Physical Limitations

by Jennie Macdonald

 As someone who suffers from two chronic illnesses (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) that include fatigue and joint pain as my two major limitations, I understood the extreme need to be efficient with my time and energy in my early years of parenting. For me, a main priority was to keep my house in order while conserving enough strength to be as involved and engaged as a parent as I could be. I found that some days it was necessary to let certain household chores slide so that I could simply play with my child. I also developed some strategies to get things done around the house, while training my daughter to be responsible and engage in age appropriate activities that encouraged the use of fine and gross motor skills. Here’s a few tips I picked up along the way:

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