- Sense of loss
- Denial and disbelief
- Feeling “devastated” or “overwhelmed”
- Worries about the future
- Anger toward professionals and medical staff
- Strained marital and family relationships
- Disruption in family routines
- Listen attentively to each other
- Don't be rushed and impatient when talking to your partner
- Schedule time to talk about issues that concern your child
- Talk about your fears, worries, and dreams
- Do not expect your partner to know what you need; ask for what you need
- Let your partner know they can talk to you about their needs
- Tell each other what kind of support will provide you with the most comfort
- Share the good things that happened in your day with your partnerspouse
- Listen when your spouse partner has a bad day. Try to be understanding
- Celebrate when your child has a success! YOU are the proud parents!
- There are many other things going on in your life that are important
- Have discussions about news, interests, politics, and whatever makes you happy!
- Use babysitters or respite to go out together
- Put the kids to bed early and watch a movie or relax together
- Remember to take time doing activities you enjoy
Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples' Guide to Keeping Connected
Book: A guide that speaks to parents about how to work on marital issues while juggling the demands of raising a child with a developmental disability, serious medical condition, or mental illness.
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Beating the Odds of Divorce When Your Child Has Special Needs. Tip 5 - How to Remain Together.
Huffington Post; (2013) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anat-baniel/beating-the-odds-of-divorce_.... Accessed on 2/20/14.
Blog post in a series by John Gray and Anat Baniel about parenting children with special needs, and avoiding divorce.
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