The Rare Life

The Holidays + Why They Can Be Tough for Disability Parents w/ Amanda Griffith-Atkins [REPLAY]


When you have a child with a disability or other medical

complexity, the holidays can feel like a minefield, as trauma triggers, anxiety, and grief for what we wish the holidays could have been for our families lurk around every corner.

And on top of that, having to manage schedules, special

diets, gift expectations, and uncomfortable commentary from friends and family can be emotionally and physically draining. The season often leaves parents of disabled children feeling left out, over-worked –and occasionally– like the celebrations might just be more trouble than they’re worth.

In today’s episode, Amanda Griffith-Atkins and I discuss

listener feedback and contributions about how complicated the holiday season feels for parents of disabled children, suggestions for how to make the holiday season feel just a little bit more manageable, and how adjusting our expectations has made a big difference for each of our families.


Join the Sticker Club and help us produce Season 9 coming in January!

Listen to Ep 20: Anticipatory Grief with Katie Peterson.

Check out Ep 104: How to Support Parents of Disabled Children.

Listen to Ep 99: Family Planning with Amanda-Griffith Atkins.

Listen to Ep 132: Self-Care with Amanda-Griffith Atkins.

Listen to Amanda’s other episodes on The Rare Life: Ep 135: How Our Careers are Affected, Ep 131: Chronic Stress, Ep 130: Anticipatory Grief, Ep 85: Disability Identity, & Ep 81: Health Anxiety.

Thank you to our listeners who sent in recordings: Heather, Maddison, and Lysa!

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