Parenting with Arthritis
It’s often called the toughest most rewarding job on the planet, and with good reason. At times parenting feels impossible, humbling and humiliating. But it’s also amazing, heartening and filled with smile and laughter. Our experts share tips to help ease the hard stuff, so you can focus more on the good times.
- Organize an accessible nursery. Keep bins of diapers, wipes and other items on changing tables or shelves within easy reach – it not only keeps you close to your child while on the changing table, but it also saves you from overextending joints.
- Opt for lightweight, ergonomic gear. Strollers, carriers, car seats should all be light and easy to carry, collapse, handle and operate. Afterall, parenting is hard enough!
- Prep the night before. Have children bathe; backpacks, snacks and lunches packed; clothes laid out; and anything else they need all ready to go at night to ease the morning rush.
- Make dressing easier. Dress infants and toddlers in clothing that’s slips on and off easily, such as Velcro shoes.
- Cover eating surfaces. Place boosters and highchairs over a shower current or mat and use table mats and table clothes to make cleanup easier.
- Swap child-care tasks with another parent. For example, offer to babysit later in the day in exchange for help when you are tired or experiencing a flare.
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