Making Mom a Priority campaign winner Michelle Gardiner. Photos supplied

Special moms receive special treatment

Parenting can be stressful under the best of circumstances

Three special Kitimat moms got to kick back and be spoiled after winning prizes in the Kitimat Disability Resources Caregiver Burnout campaign.

KDR’s Megan Rothney said parenting can be stressful under the best of circumstances, but parents of children with developmental and mental health challenges often have to deal with the strain of a different magnitude.

“Caring for a child with special needs can become a full-time job — and an overwhelming one at that, if you don’t have adequate support. Without enough help, parents may be headed toward caregiver burnout, which negatively affects everyone,” said Rothney.

She said with limited resources in Northern B.C., this is an unfortunate reality for most families caring for someone with special needs.

KDR decided to create awareness of caregiver burnout by reaching out for nominations for recipients of the Making Mom a Priority campaign.

The three mothers eventually selected from the nominations each received a dinner out, spa services, a makeover, a night’s stay at a local hotel and a snack basket to enjoy.

“We would like to thank our sponsors for this campaign. Their community involvement is incredible and we thank them for showing support for an issue that is far too common and often overlooked,” said Rothney.

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Making Mom a Priority campaign winners Chelsea Mejaski and Randi Prause.

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