Single parents special needs children dating
Wanting to find a partner to share that with, to find someone who will love you and be there and make you laugh, isn’t unreasonable. According to National Center For Education Statistics, there were over 6.6 million students between the ages of 3–21 receiving special education services in 2014–15.Add in children who aren’t yet of school age, homeschooled, undiagnosed, or otherwise are not included in that number, and it’s easy to see that meeting someone who has a special needs child is a real possibility. There are a few things to keep in mind if you are dating someone that has a child with special needs.Depending on the child’s condition and needs, your partner may not feel comfortable leaving him or her with a sitter often.Your partner may also feel it’s better to involve his or her child in the relationship.Appreciate the time they give you, even if it’s not when or as much as you’d like. Be understanding if he or she calls you, whether a few days or a few minutes before your date, to cancel. If you are a single person with no children and have never dated a person with children before, you may be used to calling up your partner at 8 pm on a Friday night to go out to dinner. But when you have children, you can’t go out at the last minute — in fact, by 8 pm on Friday, a single parent has probably already eaten and is looking forward to bed soon.
I have a close family friend whose parents divorced when she was young, and it was a tough experience for everyone to go through.Doctor’s appointments, therapies, school, work, treatments at home, taking care of the house, and so on, all take up large amounts of the parent’s time.So remember when you’re on a date that he or she has taken time away from all of that to spend it with you. Your partner may need to cancel at the last minute or alter your plans to deal with a babysitter that didn’t show, a sick child, or any number of other situations that might arise.Their world was turned upside down as she went from a full household to living with just her mom and seeing her dad a couple of times a week.Eventually, though, the family started to heal, they all fell into a routine that worked for them, and my friend’s parents started thinking about dating again.