Do you have respite care?
Have you tried respite care?
Are you afraid to try respite care?
Heard these questions before? Only like a million times!
I've never used the public respite care, frankly because I have free babysitters and friends to help us. Why would I bring in a total stranger, that we have to pay, to watch them undo 6 months of work in the blink of an eye. I've seen some young babysitters undo our tireless work with Jake in the first 5 minutes of being in our house.
This has nothing to do with "I'm the only one that can care for Jake," because that's simply not true. But more to do with trust of a barely-trained total stranger and protecting Jake's progress.
It also has a lot to do with us being 'respite-ready'! It's taken me a while to get the courage to push Jake away, to trust he'll make good decisions, to know he'll be okay and if he's not I'll get a phone call.
Seeking help has just as much to do with the kiddo being ready as it does with the parents being ready.
This weekend I was finally respite-ready. Find out how it all unfolded here!