Raising him will very likely be quite difficult and stressful.
It will be life changing if I choose him as a partner, for me and my kids.
Have you ever wondered why parents of kids with special needs always seem to be so cranky? Another person with good intentions said, “G-d only gives us what we can handle.” 13.
But chronic illnesses are not the only type of special needs that children have.
I am focusing on children with special emotional needs, including children who have a psychiatric diagnosis.
I am currently in a relationship with a great man who has kids of his own.
My dilemma is that one of his children is special needs (autistic) and will likely never live independently, only possibly in a group home as a young adult in his 20s.
I would leave that part out of it completely..them later after you have dated a few times and feel they are the type that wouldn't turn tail and run.
Then let them meet her when/if the relationship gets to that point.
To begin, there is no strict or clear definition of what it means for a child to have “special needs.” Many people think of special needs as necessarily involving a serious or chronic medical condition.
When it comes to these parents, it is clear that the additional demands on parents of chronically ill children cause stress that affects the whole family (Cousino and colleagues, 2013).
I love children, and am not at all put off by special challenges. But a person really has to consider what they are getting involved with when they date someone with a child, let alone a special needs child.
I would hope that the OP does NOT get flamed for asking this. If they are not up for the challenge and adventure, then they should just move on and keep looking, but if they want to be involved it is a great experiance.
I'm referring to the parents of children with severe cases of depression or other mood disorders, ADHD, psychosis, autism, and other emotional and/or cognitive disorders.