68 SPIDRS – Support, Parents, Inclusion, Diversity, Resources and Self-care
My goal is to create a place for families and caregivers of children, adults, and seniors with diverse life challenges, to learn from one another through our shared experiences. Let’s continue our journey to build an inclusive, and supportive community TOGETHER.
For parents and caregivers having good support is vital, and unfortunately, there are not enough regular support groups to meet the needs of this growing area. Juggling multiple responsibilities, and with the COVID-19 global pandemic, in person is not always possible.
I’m sure like me, many of you have been awake at 2 am staring at the walls, wishing you had someone to connect with who “gets it”. Some days are tough, like when your child paints the wall with poop or your mother won’t let the caregivers in as she thinks they’re strangers. You feel like no one understands and that support group you like doesn’t meet again for another 2 months.
Now you have a way to reach out.
Our Forum is now available. You can login and connect with others, post ideas, ask questions, chat, swap stories and advice and find a place to feel supported by people who can truly relate to your experience.
It’s so easy for people to talk about a negative experience, but I want you to tell me about the really good ones. The terrific new restaurant that made you feel like family, or the realtor who went the extra mile. The dentist that gave your child a great first visit. Creating a truly positive resource list of people and places that knocked your socks off, is what this directory is all about.
Please send me your submissions with a little blurb about what they did to impress you, and why we should include them here. I am interested in listings from everywhere, not just local ones.
Write to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the world we live in and these are the hands we’re given. Use them and let’s start trying to make it a place worth living in.Land of Confusion, lyrics by Genesis
Invisible Touch (1986)
Practicing self-care is key to helping manage the stress that comes along with being a caregiver on a personal or professional basis. It’s very easy to get swept along in the tide of everyday tasks that you need to do, and forget to make time for yourself. Making your own health a priority is something we ALL need.
Learning from each other will increase our resilience and ability to approach each day from a place of strength, joy and well-being.
Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.Ryūnosuke Satoro
I would love to hear back from you with your tips, tricks and thoughts on what worked well for you, so we can post it up and share.
Being able to provide information from a variety of sources, that are meaningful to you is what this website was created to do.