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parenting when you have multiple sclerosis

Take care of yourself. Give yourself plenty of downtime and rest. “Tending to your own needs isn’t selfish,” says Rosalind Kalb, PhD, vice president of clinical care at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. If you overdo it one day, it could take you a week to recover – and that’s not good for anyone.

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Have a plan B. Your symptoms may act up at inconvenient times, like right before a special outing with your kids. Always be prepared. Have a stash of fun stuff you can dip into at home, such as a few unopened board games or a DVD

Don’t hide your disappointment. Your kids are going to be upset when you have to cancel plans. Let them know that you’re disappointed, too, Kalb says. They’ll see how important it is to you. Reassure them that you’ll feel better again soon.