Do you find yourself alone and sometimes uncertain about how to deal with your child's challenges? Are you navigating IEP meetings, parent-teacher conferences, finding providers, and addressing behavioral issues alone? Are you having a hard time educating the other parent about your child's challenges and perspectives? Have you put your dating life on hold to focus on your child? (Especially because outsiders just don't "get it"?) Chime in, and let's support each other.
I'm a single mom who left my ex because he was cheating on me. He ended up marrying the other woman, and I'm raising our son who has ADHD and Asperger's. I chose to fight for custody (luckily it was only a dissolution and we both agreed!) because I knew my son needed me as his biggest advocate. I have full custody and choose to leave my ex with only the things I choose to let him in on. It is very hard being a single parent raising a child with special needs! I love this site for branching me out to get support! Hugs!
@A MyAutismTeam Member, glad you have an advocate. That is an important piece of the puzzle that I wished I had learned about several years ago.
@GinnieBonnici, my condolences. I can't even begin to fathom navigating through the new diagnosis, a sudden death, and all the changes you both had to adapt to moving forward.
In my situation, we were a military family. My son was diagnosed at age 2 while his father was deployed to the Middle East. We didn't even last a year after the diagnosis. We moved to separate locations, his father remarried immediately, and since then he and his wife refuse to acknowledge that our boy has a disability that he struggles with on a daily basis. It has made for some very difficult situations with visitation (they lived overseas for 3 years, but are now in the US). Lots of misunderstandings and unfair treatment of our little boy as he struggles to adapt.