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|Posted on October 23, 2018 at 4:18 PM||comments ()|
Safety and Easy Access: Home Modification Tips for Disabled Parents
By Ashley Taylor
For couples expecting a child, there’s always lots of work to be done around the house to get ready for the new arrival. There’s childcare equipment to put together, safety precautions to take, and changes to be made to the layout of your home.
For disabled individuals, getting ready for a child means preparing a home to meet mobility limitations and eliminate problems that could make it difficult to provide the level of care a child needs. Disabled parents need to anticipate potential problems with everything from safely bathing a child to middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes.
Setting up your childcare environment
Being an effective parent and care provider means being prepared physically and anticipating your child’s needs. Having ready access to the nursery, or wherever you decide your child will sleep, is crucial. Set everything up so you can reach your child quickly with the least amount of exertion possible. Your child’s crib should be close by, near enough that you can hear him easily during the night.
Be sure you have a reliable baby monitor (buy a new one rather than taking your chances with a hand-me-down). All baby-care supplies, including diapers, ointment, baby powder, bottles, and formula, should be stored within easy reach so you can get to them from another room (think convenience first).
Ensure there are enough safety gates on hand to prevent the possibility of a crawling baby falling down a flight of stairs. Security gates should always be firmly anchored into the wall and not held in place by springs. If a disability makes it difficult for you to move around quickly, a security gate can provide peace of mind for you and your partner, as well as safety for your little one. Nail down any loose or frayed carpeting and remove throw rugs that could get snagged in wheelchair wheels. To improve room-to-room access, replace your door knobs with levers, which are easy to manipulate, especially when you’re in a hurry. Identify any furniture that could easily fall over (such as a footstool or small table) and have it secured to the floor or removed. Cabinets where cleaning supplies and other dangerous chemicals or sharp items are stored should have locks and be well-secured.
Disabled-adapted child care equipment
For a disabled parent, picking up a baby or small child repeatedly and moving around can cause a potentially damaging physical strain. Look for small, portable bathtubs designed to help disabled parents and car seats that swivel to make buckling and unbuckling a small child easier and less damaging to the back, neck, and arms. Consider getting a crib with a front-opening gate that doesn’t require reaching up over the side. Look for other ways to simplify caring for and moving around the house with a small child. Sometimes, being a disabled parent means having to be resourceful and inventive.
If you are on Social Security Disability Insurance, you may be eligible for financial assistance if you’re providing in-home care for a child through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. In many cases, a disabled family of three making less than $2,213 a month is eligible for assistance. Check the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities rules to see if your family is eligible. If not, research the many subsidies and private grant funding available.
Parenting is a hard job under any circumstances. It’s important to plan ahead, recognize what modifications are needed, and arrange your home to make child care as easy and convenient as possible. Always think in terms of safety and quick, easy access.
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
Thank you Ashley for reaching out to me to share your wealth of information on home modifications for disabled families raising children. I am sure it is not always easy and I know that each day brings new learning opportunities as well as struggles, but also I know you find triumphs and I am grateful for you sharing some of them. My hope is that this article reaches all families as a great resource to help them with their daily routines as well. Thank you for being a part of Moms, Kids and Friends and sharing your ideas about kids and life!
If you would like to read more inspiring articles by Ashley, please visit her website at: disabledparents.org
#TAKETIME #MAKETIME & #SPENDTIME TO #RAISEAMAZINGKIDS
All of my best, Dyan
|Posted on March 16, 2018 at 6:37 PM||comments ()|
Enjoy creating memories with your child that you both will treasure for years to come! All of my best, Dyan
We are keeping up with holiday traditions this year. My daughter decided that she wanted to put out her special rainbow craft she made in preschool and every night we need to put out a gold coin for the #Leprechaun, make a wish and leave it for the #Leprechaun to eat.....she said we did that last year, I don't remember making St Patricks Day so involved, but she has insisted upon it.
So, that is what we have done every night before she goes to bed, we take a gold coin and set it next to her special rainbow, she closes her eyes and makes a wish. Really and truly a precious moment to experience!!
Yes, it is a lot of work to remember to open the coin at night (or morning) if I forget the night before, and dispose of the candy, but it is worth it. She loves the idea of putting out a coin and making a wish and hoping for that #Leprechaunmagic!
This one might not be for you, but I can't help playing a long. For many reasons,...she believes in the magic, it is exciting for her to do every night and it is something she looks forward to every evening. But, the most important reason of all for me, is I know these moments of believing in the fairy tales of life (Santa, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny) will soon be coming to pass. So yes, I will go along with her and cherish each and every second of these childhood beliefs. I will believe in the magic and relish in her belief in the magic of the #Leprechaun. May your days be filled with the simple pleasures of life seen through the eyes of your child. May the magic of the #Leprechaun fill your home with joy. All of my best, Dyan
#maketime & #taketime
|Posted on January 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM||comments ()|
Click on the link above to hear my friend and fellow mom of 3 kids, Lauren, share her ideas on kids and accountability.
How many times, even as adults, do we not take #accountability for our actions? Many times I am faced with situations where I have to stop and make sure I am taking #accountability for my actions. Whether it is a choice we make at work, in our daily life or with your kid. Take #accountability for your actions. Teaching our kids to do this now will make them be better adults. They will be able to survive better in all areas of life. The responsibility of taking #accountability will effect them personally, in school and then eventually in the business world. There are many adults I know that do not take #accountability for their actions, as I watch in disbelief, I want to ask them "Are you kidding me?" You can't tell you are the reason for that mistake or reaction to your action"....Now I am not perfect, nor do I pretend to be, but as I grow older, I have realized that taking #accountability makes me a better person, mother, wife and will teach my daughter to be a better kid, friend and eventually, adult. #Makethetime and #takethetime and #teachyourkidstobeaccountable for their actions, no matter what the result of their action.
#takethetime & #makethetime to #raiseamazingkids
Thanks for stopping by at Moms, kids and friends, "Where moms get together and share ideas about kids and life". All of my best, Dyan
|Posted on October 30, 2017 at 3:22 PM||comments ()|
We had our annual #happyhalloween party this weekend! As usual we were pressed for time but worked hard to make it happen! Incase you decide to throw a last minute party for your kids we wanted to share a few ideas.
My daughters food choices were a cute addition!
Cheese, olive and chive flour tortillas decorated as pumpkins.
Cutie oranges peeled and decorated with celery leaves to look like pumpkins.
We used purple organic grapes on skewers to give our serving platter a finished look.
The left over celery we washed and cut and added almond butter and decorated with dried cranberries. I found a better finished version of this on-line
Unfortunately, I did not have all the ingredients, but if you do I would suggest these instead.
We made witches brooms with cheese sticks Snyders GF pretzels wrapped with the chives. There are many varieties of these on-line we used chives already cut and ready to go much easier and faster prep time.
To See the #witchesbroom recipe at https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2585020
And of course our magic potion station! The kids always love this!
We made rice krispie treats, instead of cutting them or shaping them into pumpkins, we made a silly pumpkin graveyard batch...definitely a time saver!
This years activities included decorating pumpkins, making slime and Halloween #Mad Libs.
Your local grocery should have small pumpkins for less than $1....and the kids love to decorate these. We typically use stickers/pens/stamps or paint. Whatever we have on hand. Another way to save money on your party!
We love slime!!
I found these containers at the dollar store so the kids could mix and take the container home. No mess for me and the container is perfect for the slime so it doesn't dry out! We always give a party favor to our guests. These gifts were around $3. Not bad for a pumpkin and slime!!
We love Highlights in our family. The book we used for our mad libs is a wonderful book of Halloween Mad Libs from Highlights. My daughter picked two out she wanted to do with her friends. I made copies for the girls. When they finished filling them in they each stood up and read to each other. One thing I always do at our parties is include something educational. This activity made the girls think and they also practiced reading and speaking in front of others. Of course they don't realize this...because they are having fun too!
At the end of the day I received the best compliment ever! One of the girls said to me that we throw the best parties ever! #ilove it It made our day!
#Maketime & #Taketime to spend #qualitytime with your kids this #Halloween. Whether you go all out or do a couple simple things. It is this time, any time, that we spend with our kids, that makes a difference in their lives and yours and helps you to raise #amazingkids
All of my best!
|Posted on April 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM||comments ()|
Click on the link above to hear my friend and fellow mom of 3 kids, Lauren, share her ideas on kids and accountability.
How many times, even as adults, do we not take accountability for our actions? Many times I am faced with situations where I have to stop and make sure I am taking accountability for my actions. Whether it is a choice we make at work, in our daily life or with your kid. Take accountability for your actions. Teaching our kids to do this now will make them be better adults. They will be able to survive better in all areas of life. The responsibility of taking accountability will effect them personally, in school and then eventually in the business world. There are many adults I know that do not take accountability for their actions, as I watch in disbelief, I want to ask them "Are you kidding me?" You can't tell you are the reason for that mistake or reaction to your action"....Now I am not perfect, nor do I pretend to be, but as I grow older, I have realized that taking accountability makes me a better person, mother, wife and will teach my daughter to be a better kid, friend and eventually, adult. Make the time to take the time and teach your kids to be accountable for their actions, no matter what the result of their action is. Thanks for stopping by at Moms, kids and friends, "Where moms get together and share ideas about kids and life". All of my best, Dyan