It's a hard job to be a parent. In all this hustle and bustle, preparation and execution, it's easy to lose yourself. You can always shower later. You can always get dressed later. But it's a short jump from it doesn't matter to I don't matter. And you do matter. You need to take the time.
In her weekly column, Natalie answers your questions about caring for a family member or friend who needs extra support -- and caring for yourself as a caregiver. "My daughter is the joy of my life but sometimes I feel incredibly stressed by the daily responsibilities and challenges of her disability. What can I do when I feel like this?"
As I write this, I am approaching the one year anniversary of my most intimate relationship ever. I have spent the better part of the last year developing and nurturing every aspect of this bond, as it is, and will always be the most important relationship I will ever have. And the object of my affection this time, is me.