Marriage and Special Needs Parenting: How We Make It Work

Marriage and Special Needs Parenting How We Make It Work

I was not surprised when I heard the statistics about higher divorce rates among couples who have children with autism. The stress that accompanies a child’s special needs is challenging. Hubster and I are celebrating our seventh anniversary this month. I certainly wouldn’t call us marriage experts after seven years, but I would say that we have weathered an enormous amount of stress in those seven years and we are now stronger than ever. I think our marriage has hit its stride this past year after enduring many ups and downs.

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{KWW} Just a Guy and a Girl in a ResHall

Just a Guy and a Girl in a ResHall

It wasn’t love at first sight, but our personalities clicked immediately. We were just a guy and a girl in a ResHall, hanging out at the front desk, working on programs together and having epic late-night snowball fights with some of our friends. This picture provides the perfect window into our lives nine years ago. You would rarely find one of us without the other. Less than a week after this picture was taken, we officially started dating. I love this photo. I see that new relationship excitement in both of our eyes and it brings back those feelings. You know the ones – flutters in your stomach, heart skipping a beat.

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Hubster and I had a Staycation

February was…a month. Stress beyond measure and very long work hours for Hubster. We were due for a little relaxation and face time with each other and thankfully, we both have awesome parents. My in-laws took the kids last weekend and Hubster and I had a staycation. It was really fun doing things at home that we don’t normally get to do while the kids are here.

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Hubster…oh, that guy!

Hubster and Kristin cuddle in bean bag chair

There are many times each year that I’m guaranteed to only see my husband for about 10 minutes each day. I know that he loves working in student affairs and I try my best to be as supportive as possible. Solo parenting is challenging though and I stand in awe of those who do it all the time! Last week, Hubster had ResLife spring training. He would get home around 2am and we only saw him briefly as he was getting ready to head out again in the morning.

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Romantic Date Night Scavenger Hunt

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With my husband’s long work hours, a one-year old daughter, and a three-year-old son with special needs, I often feel like we’re two ships passing – or shuffling tiredly – in the night. We struggle to find time to communicate and we’re rarely alone. Our son climbs into bed with us so often that I wake in a panic if he’s not there by morning. As we struggle with the stress of work, a young family, and special needs parenting, we’ve discovered the importance of making our relationship a priority. We are scheduling more date nights and I surprised Hubster with this romantic date night scavenger hunt!

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