Relationship advice for parents with disabled children
“When adjusting to life with a child or children with additional needs the entire family dynamic is usually affected, including the relationship between you and your partner.”
The couple relationship often becomes a casualty of the need to spend more time managing the stresses of having a child with additional needs, leaving little time for one another. Relationship advice
becomes particularly relevant at this point.
As a parent of a child with additional needs I often felt misunderstood, criticised and isolated, when all I wanted to know that I was not alone, that I could talk to someone who would listen with understanding and I did not have to keep explaining and justifying myself. I felt a real need to talk out my concerns, fears and sadness to someone who would listen with understanding and not criticize or condemn. Strangely off loading my emotions and sharing practical issues with someone who has an understanding really helped me and my relationship with my husband. We still share our concerns for our additional needs child, but I know there are some issues that I find easier to share with someone else.
As a parent of a child with additional needs, in addition to acknowledging that there will be a period of adjustment needed following your child’s diagnosis, it is important to recognise that relationship advice and support during this period may even help you to adjust more quickly. Reading informative articles or watching film clips of couples going through similar situations can help you understand your circumstance mores.
Speaking to other people on theCoupleConnection.net’s forum about your situation may help you to explore some of the underlying issues and understand why you may be arguing more or feeling isolated.
As parents you automatically take on the role of carer to your vulnerable child, however, it is often at this time that the relationship between you and your partner also becomes vulnerable. At times like these it is imperative that you and your partner take some time out for yourselves. Visiting a site like theCoupleConnection.net can help because it provides advice and top tips on areas like how to support one another more, how to acknowledge the feelings each of you may be experiencing, and how to maintain the more intimate side of your relationship. This type of relationship advice can lessen the effects of feeling isolated, and turns what can often feel like a thankless and never ending task into something more positive and rewarding.
TheCoupleConnection.net ensures that access to relationship advice
is available to all couples, including those with children with disabilities. As a unique online relationship support service it can help by normalising the challenges faced by couples and providing advice on how they can build additional support networks. These can go further than immediate family; other individuals that are likely to become involved in the life of your child, for example, doctors, consultants, and other health support workers, can often help too.
Author - Lynsey Calver
Tags - relationship advice, relationship support, relationships, relationship, disabled children
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