If you're a parent or caregiver whose baby or child has reactive attachment disorder, it's easy to become angry, frustrated and distressed. You may feel like your child doesn't love you — or that it's hard to like your child sometimes.
You may find it helpful to:
Jul. 06, 2011
- Join a support group to connect with others who have children facing the same issues. You may find a support group in your local community or on the Internet.
- Check with social service agencies to see what resources are available in your community.
- Find someone who can give you a break from time to time. It can be exhausting caring for a child with reactive attachment disorder. You'll begin to burn out if you don't periodically have downtime.
- Be prepared to call for emergency help if your child becomes violent.
- Practice stress management skills, such as yoga or meditation, to help you relax and not get overwhelmed.
- Make time for yourself. Maintain your hobbies, social engagements and exercise routine.
- Acknowledge it's OK to feel frustrated or angry at times, and that the strong feelings you may have about your child are natural.
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