10 Tips for a Strong Marriage for Parents of Autistic Children
7. Have Some Time Alone
Like a dull knife can’t cut, you may find yourself worn down by the constant pressure and stress of taking care of a child with autism. Sharpen your edge by having some occasional “me” time and taking part in fun activities. Be part of a book club, go running, or have a night out with friends. Do something for yourself, and allow your spouse the occasional opportunity as well.
6. Fight … and Make Up
Don’t be afraid to fight with your spouse. Having a child with autism can be stressful, and sometimes it might be helpful to let out whatever is bothering you. Don’t let things fester and stew. But be careful of directing autism-related anger at them, and remember to make up after any fight. Clear the air, and then move on.
5. Get Enough Sleep
While getting your child with autism a good night’s rest can pose its own difficulties, the simple truth is a good night’s sleep can work wonders for you and your child. Nobody can function well while being consistently sleep-deprived. Take the necessary steps to make sure you and your kids are doing everything you can to find sufficient rest. In those instances when you’re successful, things will certainly seem better in the morning.
4. Get Help
Even when working as a two-person team, both you and your spouse have individual needs, and there may be times where you need outside help. It might just be a family member helping with watching the kids, or if one or both of you find you’re simply unhappy, enlist the help of support groups or a marriage counselor. The stress from raising a child with autism can be difficult to deal with; don’t be afraid to take the necessary steps to take care of yourself.
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