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Every Daily Doctor Mom has one role that’s often overlooked: Cheerleader!
Yes! When you climb out of bed each morning, you need to actively step into the role of cheerleader.
Actually, every child needs a mom to cheer them on, but kids with medical problems need even more encouragement.
All too often, they feel different. Or frustrated. Or…sick.
Many kids spend a lot of time simply feeling bad.
A cheerleader can make all the difference in the world. Knowing there’s someone in your corner, inspiring you to victory is very powerful.
Here are some ideas to put on your To-Do list today:
Hugs, smiles, giggles, jokes, high fives, and words of encouragement.
Go be your child’s cheerleader!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I’m betting your child will take part in the celebration.
Many of my readers have children with allergies.
How do you get through the holiday? Do school parties and Valentine treats cause problems?
Most importantly, what do you do to make sure your child doesn’t feel left out?
After all, a big part of being a Doctor Mom is dealing with the emotional side of things.
Please take a minute and share your tips! After all, isn’t everything celebrated with a cupcake?
If this post has helped you, would you share it?
Did you know there are “autism-friendly” shows on Broadway?
Children with autism are often sensitive to loud noises and bright lighting. Sometimes it’s difficult to sit still as well.
But these new shows are specifically designed to remove the jarring sounds and strobe lights that bother people with autism.
There are even beanbag chairs for those to who need something a little more comfortable!
Apparently the shows have been very successful because more are planned in the future.
The Theatre Development Fund is a non-profit organization that plans to offer special showings of ” The Lion King” and “Mary Poppins” later this year.
Isn’t this fantastic? What a blessing for families who care for kids with autism.
You can read the full story here
If you’re still keeping up with this blog…wow! I’m impressed. I’ve certainly neglected it for a while.
I guess I’ve been so busy being a Doctor Mom, that I just haven’t made this a priority.
But the truth is that I miss it. And I miss connecting with you. Hopefully I can get back in the groove!
Things are going pretty good around our house. Always a challenge with Matthew’s Type 1 Diabetes and of course, I’m as sleep-deprived as ever.
But nothing a little eye make-up can’t fix.
Oh! And caffeine. That’s pretty amazing, too.
Tell me, how are you?
Confession: I need to work on my prayer life.
My mind wanders. I lose my focus.
Sometimes I stop to fold the laundry or (gasp!) check my email. And then I completely forget about praying.
But I’m working on it.
One thing that has helped me tremendously is a prayer calendar.
On each day of my calendar, I’ve written specific topics to pray about for my husband, Matthew and also, diabetes.
I use this same calendar month-after-month, sometimes changing topics if need be. For the most part, they are constant and this helps me stay focused.
Here is a link to my calendar. The last half is specifically related to diabetes. If your child has different medical issues, you will need to change those, starting on day 14
Don’t let daily chores stop you from praying.
Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 NLT
Are you Doctor Mom to a child with Autism? Does your child have special education needs?
If so, then you probably know that this is Special Education week & Autism Awareness Month. It’s a time to celebrate all kids facing such challenges.
It’s also a time to recognize all the Doctor Moms who care for those precious children.
I know you’re tired. I know you worry. But you are doing an awesome job! You are doing the best you can and that is all that God asks of you. He will equip you with everything you need to be a fantastic Doctor Mom. All you have to do is ask Him!
Never forget what a blessing it is to care for your child. It is an honor to serve God this way. One day you will look back on this season of life, so grateful that God trusts you with this job.
If your child has special needs or autism, please leave a comment. Tell me how fantastic your child is and let me know if you have any prayer requests.
If you are reading this, please take a few minutes to pray for those leaving comments.
We all face different challenges, but we are all in this together.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG
Welcome to our first Memory Monday!
I hope you’ll join me in memorizing Jeremiah 29:11 this week. You might know it already, but I think it sets a good foundation for us as Doctor Moms.
Perhaps you can write your verses in a pretty little notebook. Each week, review past verses you’ve learned and add new ones!
Below, you’ll see several versions of this verse. Find the one that speaks to your heart and start memorizing! (Personally, I LOVE the Message version of this passage!)
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. (Jeremiah 29:11 MSG)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)
Which version are you going to memorize?
It’s been a rough couple of nights in our household. Matthew’s blood sugar has been far from ideal and we’ve had very little sleep.
I’m tired. Rundown.
On the edge of feeling overwhelmed.
Exhaustion is a huge enemy of every Doctor Mom. Whenever it hits, I lose self-control in EVERY area….from my words, to my actions, to my diet.
It effects my attitude, my child and my marriage.
If you’re feeling the same way, please know that you’re not alone.
This journey as Doctor Mom is a difficult road. Exhaustion will happen at some point.
What’s a Doctor Mom to do?
Well, I’ve decided to be good to myself. God has blessed me with a free calendar today and I will take full advantage of it.
I will nap. Without feeling guilty.
I will read my bible. So thankful for the comfort.
I will listen to Christian music, light candles and play with my child.
I’m going to do my best to “recharge” so I can keep a smile on my Doctor Mom face.
Are you taking care of yourself?
There will be seasons of your life when the house isn’t clean, you run out of groceries and all the laundry is dirty. Sometimes all on the same day.
Sound familiar? Don’t feel guilty. It happens to all of us.
Sometimes you don’t even have time to take a shower. For days. I have a Doctor Mom friend who finally just Febreezed herself one day.
You might find behave differently. Perhaps you’re not usually an angry person and suddenly you’re fighting with your husband. Or you’re short-tempered with your child. Or you start to isolate yourself from friends.
Your emotions will be very confusing. You’ll feel happy, sad, angry, guilty, and overwhelmed.
One day you might pat yourself on the back, thinking you really have a handle on things and the very next day you’ll cry until you think that you need a doctor yourself. At some point, this happens to us all. Usually many times.
Before you get depressed—there are ways to cope with everything thrown at you. God hasn’t left you in the dark. His Word is full of wisdom and guidance to get you through the changes.
The bibical story of Mary and Martha gives great insight into how God wants us to live. You’ll find the story in Luke 10:38-41.
Jesus and his disciples are visiting the sisters. Mary quickly curled up at Jesus’ feet so she could listen to him. But Martha? Well…she was “distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” And then, she got frustrated with Mary for not helping her. After complaining to Jesus, Martha learned that Mary had made a better choice by putting Jesus first.
Today is the day for you to make a choice:
Will you worry about cleaning the house? Or will you take some time to read the Bible?
Will you feel guilty about taking a nap? Or will you be good to yourself so you can be a great Doctor Mom?
Please note…..I do think being a good homemaker is an important ministry to your family. I long to be a Proverbs 31 woman. But the truth is that your role as Doctor Mom needs to be your priority. If you aren’t able to dust or vacuum one week because you were up all night taking care of your child—you made the right choice.
And God will honor you for having the heart of a servant. You can’t make wise medical decisions if you are exhausted. And guilt will just weigh you down even more.
Most importantly, you can’t be a good Doctor Mom without seeking wisdom from the Great Physician first.
Question: Will you be Mary or Martha today?
As Doctor Moms, we’re often so busy focusing on our child that we forget to take care of ourself. Seriously. When is the last time you took a few minutes for Y-O-U?
Today is the day to change that! Every weekend, try to do something—anything— to take a little extra care of yourself. I find it’s much easier to do this on a weekend when your spouse is around to help.
(Unless your husband is uninvolved in the care of your child. That’s another story. But it happens and I’ll write about it on another day. I know many moms need encouragement in this area.)
On to a few ideas to take care of yourself:
- Call a friend.
- Take a nap (my favorite!)
- Window Shop.
- Flip through magazines at your bookstore or library.
- Have your nails done. If you’re watching your pennies, take the time to do them yourself.
- Curl up with a good book—that’s not related to your child’s illness! (Another favorite for me.)
- Light candles to make your house smell yummy.
- Go for a walk. Alone.
- Put on some great music!
- Crochet or knit. (If you don’t know how, maybe it’s time to learn. I got a little book and taught myself in one day. Seriously!)
- Look through old photos.
- Read through the psalms. You’ll find lots of encouragement there!
- Play the piano!
It doesn’t matter what you do—JUST DO SOMETHING! Take time to care for yourself.
Your child’s health depends on you and you’re too important to neglect!
QUESTION: What will you do to relax this weekend?