Tips For Team Parenting a Child With Special Needs

The following was published as part of my “Teachable Moments” blog series for ProMedica HealthConnect.

Research shows that among parents of children with special needs, the divorce rate is 80 percent, compared to 50 percent among the rest of the population. The challenges of raising a child with special needs, along with the typical demands of life, often prove to be too much for marriages.

My husband and I just celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary, which led me to reflect on what works for us as parents and partners in the care of our son with special needs. It takes consistent hard work and thoughtfulness to achieve a great balance in our lives and relationship, and a few key elements are central to that balance.


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Charisse Montgomery is the author of the Super Safe Kids series of books and safety tools. These tools engage children, parents, and their families in improving safety and advocacy in the hospital, the community and the home. A former educator, Charisse Montgomery has earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English, along with a master's degree in Educational Psychology, with research focused on informing and empowering parents of medically fragile children. She completed a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy and serves on the Board at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

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