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We know….Between work, school, extra-curricular activities, and everything else, it’s hard enough to get a moment to yourself, let alone some quality time with each of your kids. But according to actress and autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete, making an effort to carve out that QT is one of the most important things that any parent can do for their children.

As a mom-of-four, Holly Robinson Peete is quite familiar with the daily grind that most mothers face, and the desire to be everything for everyone. But as the parent of a special needs child, it becomes even more difficult to strike that balance and cater to each of your children individually.

“There’s so much focus placed on the affected child, so what you find is that the siblings feel neglected”

Holly tells The Washington Post:

With most of the family’s resources going to the care and treatment of her son, R.J., now 14, she and husband Rodney Peete soon found that they weren’t able to let their other children do all of the things they wanted, like gymnastics or drama club. So what they could do was give them their undivided attention.

“The most important thing is to find time to have one-on-one time with each child,” the former Talk host reveals.

“Even if it’s just an hour, have that time where you’re looking them in the eye.”

That hour doesn’t have to be every day, but by scheduling time with your children on a regular basis, you’re not only strengthening your bond, but you’re showing your son or daughter that you value him or her as an individual.

Do you have children who have to sacrifice events or activities, because you also have a special needs child at home that demands your time and resources?

Words By: Shayla Perry

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