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Raising a Child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Parenting is challenging. Parenting a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a challenge all its own. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a spectrum disorder and affects children differently. Parenting a child with FAS is best described as a journey. There are ups and downs along this journey and parts of the journey may feel unbearable. As a parent, even when it gets rough, you keep going. That is what being a mother is all about. When your child has FAS, your journey is different, but it still what you make of it, so make it count.

For a child with FAS, its estimated that their developmental age is half of their actual age. Some of these children never progress past age five developmentally. Creating routines with these children and setting clear expectations for both you and the child, are essential. Most importantly, find joy in every single day.

As the birth mother of a child with FAS, one of the most difficult emotions to deal with is guilt. Many mothers lose countless nights of sleep knowing that it didn’t have to be this way, and they are responsible for the situation. While those things may be true, remember that life is filled with lessons. You now fully understand the power of addiction, and you will not ever let it touch your life again. You have taken full responsibility for your decisions, and you are now in a place to be the most fantastic mother. Be thankful for those blessings, and the blessing that is your child.

For those that are not parenting a child with FAS, but are pregnant, get the help you need now. You deserve recovery, and so does your unborn child. You can do it, and you are strong enough. Find the strength for you and your unborn baby. Now is your opportunity to be the most incredible mother.

Sometimes the transition between a rehab or primary treatment facility back to your daily life can seem insurmountable. Villa Tranquil may be the perfect solution. Villa Tranquil offers a resort-like atmosphere for women ages 18 – 65 to begin their recovery journey and maximize their chances of success. Villa Tranquil provides a myriad of services to build your confidence, your knowledge, and the life skills you will need to ensure the longevity of your recovery journey. Get the help you need today, and call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080.