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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Can homeschooling help my kids get along better?

Will my kids get along better if we homeschool?

Or are they destined for constant squabbles because they’ll be sick of being around each other all day?  Will my kids get along?  This was my number one fear.  Or maybe one of my several number one fears… 🤪  Was there anything I could do to help my kids get along?!

It started at day one.  The day I brought baby D home from the hospital, K took a nice sized chunk out of D’s rosy little cheek.  Now, I think I know a bit more about what was at the root and will share that in just a bit.

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33 cute Valentine’s books kids will adore!

Making reading fun using cute Valentine’s books kids will like!

When using a theme like Valentine’s books kids are more likely to be engaged in what they’re reading!  My boys love reading something that connects with them where they are in real life, so seasonal books are always a hit.  I rounded up several from Amazon that you may want to check out, and some from Epic! as well.

We always give small gifts to each other, and I personally prefer to gift books or something practical over candy or toys.  If you have the same tradition, some of these may be great ideas.  Otherwise, if you’re just looking for something to go with school or unit studies, many of these may be available at your local library, so make a list and be sure to double check.  Many libraries these days even have books available for free, digitally, on Kindle!

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24 inspiring ideas for easy Valentine’s sensory play

 

Valentine’s sensory play

If you’re looking for some fun Valentine’s sensory play to add to your sensory routine, I’ve got a round-up here of several great choices and one of my own.  From goop and guck to water, play time, crafts, activities, and things for the littlest littles, I’ve got 24 options sorted out for you here!

Looking for fun Valentine's sensory play ideas? I've taken some time to round up 23 great ideas, as well as one of my own. Mine is super easy and inexpensive to make as well! YAY! Valentine's Day | Special needs homeschool | SPD |Sensory Processing Disorder

Valentine heart bags for Valentine’s Sensory Play

My Valentine heart bags are an easy and clean (halleluiah!) way to get some sensory play in.  Swishing around the hearts inside shaving cream provides both tactile and visual stimulation!  If you have anything coming up where you need to keep a little someone occupied, this may be a good item to make just ahead of time to bring with you!

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