How to keep a great marriage as special needs parents

Marriage as special needs parents is hard

Maybe I’m just preaching to myself, but I, for one, think it’s dang hard!  All marriages are hard.  All relationships are hard, but marriage as special needs parents has a whole extra set of issues!  My husband and I had so many issues once upon a time, and they definitely were compounded being Autism parents.

Being in the military was difficult, for example, being away from family, deployments, and moves.  Autism amplified all the problems caused by that.  My husband and I were once separated for almost 2 years.    We went from having a pretty toxic set-up to now being very happily married (most days ).  We’re not the perfect couple, by any means, but I’d like to share what I’ve learned that help turned this boat around.  Below are 7 of my favorite tools in my marriage toolbox for a successful marriage as special needs parents.

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Make learning fun with an easy ancient Greece unit study

This month we shook things up with an  ancient Greece unit study

We’ve used unit studies before from Techie Homeschool Mom (Beth), but when I decided I wanted to review her Ancient Greece unit study, we put it front and center.  It was the first time I was bold enough to put most of our work off to the side and focus, almost exclusively, on a unit study.

It was so freeing!  I have to say I’m pretty hooked and will be doing this more often.  When we approach burnout points, I’ll “take a break” by using primarily a unit study.

And guess what…  Beth has generously offered a free copy of her Ancient Greek Unit Study on Teachable for my review and for one of my readers to win!   Entry in the raffle will also subscribe you to both of our email lists, so if you already subscribe, make sure to use the same email address to avoid getting duplicate emails!  Beth will select and announce the winner soon after the contest ends (Monday night). Read on for videos and the entry form.

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7 easy ways to make time for fitness as a homeschool mom

Think you can’t make time for fitness?

It’s hard to make time for fitness as a mom.  Add homeschool and it can seem impossible.  I struggled with this a lot when I first began homeschooling and even more so when I began working from home.  I needed to stay in shape, but working was also crucial when the dentist informed me that we’d soon be looking at braces.  Are you juggling school for multiple kids or drowning with a to-do list that won’t quit?  All the while watching the scale creep up and your energy plummeting?  I’ve been there.

There are 7 things I do to make time for fitness in my daily life, although I give myself a bit of grace if I don’t make it!

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The Dark Side of Social Media for Special Needs Parents part 3

You have great news! But... you realize there is no one around you to hear. Special needs parents are often isolated. Let me share some alternatives!

The Me, Myself, and I of Special Needs Parents

The most amazing thing just happened! You can’t wait to share the great news. But… then you realize there is no one around to share it with. The congratulations you receive on social media are nice, but they feel empty. Or maybe this happens with your greatest sorrow, and there is no one to wrap their arms around you. The problem with the internet is that we can have a very lonely life despite how social it appears. I’ve talked about feeling like nobody cares and about playing the comparison game, but today it’s time to talk about isolation – an especially big concern for special needs parents.

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The Dark Side of Social Media for Special Needs Parents part 1

Special needs parents, have you ever posted something about your child's disability, something important, only to have it ignored? I may know why.The dark side of social media for special needs Parents

This has happened to me many times, so I know it has to have happened to my fellow special needs parents! At least once, but I’m guessing way more. You post a very uncomfortable but important article about your child’s disability. Your post is an effort to educate everyone else or maybe ask for some prayer and support. Then minutes, hours, days later… crickets. No likes, no shares, no comments. Yet, all the other things you posted over the last few days have plenty of likes, shares, or comments.  What gives?!

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