Dating for parents of special needs kids
That said, we recently found out that she has developed a strong attraction to a boy in her school and apparently he feels the same.
As you mentioned, 13 year olds naturally have attractions that become an important part of their lives.By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms: You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post.You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site.Meeting your child’s friend in your home or another location will give you helpful information as you think about the pros and cons of the relationship.It is also good to check with the school to find out if a budding connection is enhancing or detracting from school work and other relationships.While doing so, if you can figure out ways to relax and have fun with your teen, potentially tense conversations are more likely to go smoothly. Some teens with crushes barely talk to each other, others do lots more.
In most cases some common “controversial” topics that need to be discussed are when, if, and how to use social media wisely, how to sort through physical contact, if, when, and where to spend time alone with a special friend, and the importance of sharing questions and experiences with mom and dad.
Oh, please, don't for one minute think he's my dilemma, because he's not.
One good friend whom I trust implicitly (and someone who has a disabled child of her own) suggests I not tell a future dating partner at all.
Keeping dialogue flowing is probably the most important aspect of watching over a dating 13 year old; when things are secret there is sometimes more need for concern.
I believe the primary “rule” to keep in place is that parents know where their 13 year old is and who she is with at all times.
Dear Sharon, We have a adolescent daughter whose special needs have placed her in special ed schools since she was a youngster.