boyfriend soon to be husband dad of autistic teenager

Tammy Yvette - posted on 05/19/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )

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All kinds of help therapy sites and understanding when you are the parent of autistic child. As well as there should be. However when you are going to be stepmom of said child understanding and concern is a big issue. Big decision and uncertainty is happening please help me

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Rebekah - posted on 05/19/2015

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Can you be more specific about what kind of decision and uncertainty you are dealing with? Are you wondering if you should marry into this situation?

I think all the help that is out there can certainly be there also for a step parent. Educate yourself as much as possible about what the child is dealing with and what kind of interventions really work. As this child is now a teenager, his/her parents have had years now to find out what works and what doesn't. Share any concerns you have with your boyfriend and let him clue you in on what you need to know. Be sure that as you commit to this man as your husband, you also have an open heart to this child and all the potential ups and downs you might have as a stepmom, as you would with any other stepchild. Find ways to connect with this child to help the transition into the family. Understand that he/she may not bond like a typical teenager, but that there are still ways of making a connection. If the child's mother is in the picture, hopefully you can all work together to co-parent cooperatively.

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