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Please look after yourself!

Being a parent/carer can be a difficult job.

However, being a parent/carer of a child with special educational needs can mean that not only do you have to be a parent/carer, you often find yourself having to be advocate, peacemaker, liaising and at times disagreeing with services to ensure that your child has the right help and support. We know it can at times be exhausting (many parents tell us this) and we think you are all amazing!

Incidentally here is a website recommended by parents which seems full of very useful information which may help you in your many roles:

One thing that often (nearly always!) gets overlooked in the world of special educational needs parenting is YOU. And we really need you to try to take some time to yourselves, not least because you totally deserve it, but also because it can actually make everything else, including parenting, slightly easier.

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We know that there are many different things that people do to try to relax/take some time for themselves and while we can’t know what will work for you in your own lives, this article will hopefully give you some things to try to find one for you.  So we won’t try to tell you how to take some time to yourself, but we will tell you to please ‘just do it’!

Please do let us know if you found any of these websites helpful/unhelpful and if you have some ideas/websites of your own please let us know and we can try and add them to this pack.

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