Being Single with an Autistic Kid

First of all, I think being a single mom of 2 boys is challenging in itself. You can’t have me without having my boys and Autism. It is so complicated. Here is another thing that makes me a liability and not an asset. Then if the guy wants kids with me when he faces the increased chance of having an autistic child as well. When I look at things from this end, it makes me think no guy in his right mind would want to be with me and then possibly marry me!

So this weekend, my (ex) husband did not take the kids like he was supposed to because of an emergency at work. First of all David and I hardly get time to ourselves because I have full custody of the boys and dickhead lives more than an hour away. So we had to change our plans, and David honestly didn’t seem to mind. We did stuff with the boys, swimming, grilling, fishing, shopping and had friends over..basically all your noodle salad stuff. good times…But Harry my oldest with Autism was really acting out, every chance he got he would fight with his little brother, and talk nasty to me, and argue with everyone and then finally Sunday early evening he had a huge meltdown in public (now this is the 2nd meltdown in public David has seen) This one was bad everyone was staring at us. So when we got home, I just broke down and started crying. I am so stressed with raising my boys by myself and then having to worry about what the guy I am seeing things. I figure he is just gonna leave and what’s the point. I tell David this and tell him I am really upset and he should just leave. Why stick around for this. I mean the father my boys couldn’t even stick around and lives far away on purpose. So why does a man who has no relation want to stick around??? It’s all very depressing and sounds like shit, but let’s face it, what I am saying here is true.

Do you know what David said?

“Come here, let me hold you. Everything will be ok. We will get through this together. I love you and want to help but I don’t know how. I want you to be happy. I want to stay because I love you and I love you even when things are difficult.”

Afterwards, he took me to dinner and we came back and talked, smoked and made love for hours.

I felt better afterward. Just like I was surprised he stayed last week when I practically threw up on him…Maybe he really does love me..

I wonder how other single parents with autistic children handle dating and what kinds of experiences they have good and bad.

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  • July 4, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    @UltraViolet847@xanga – I had to smile in the midst of all the sadness because I was here once. I agreed, I’d never date again. Who in their ‘right mind” would want to take on.. an autistic adult and her two autistic children?? I was afraid the person I got wouldn’t be in their “right mind.”

    But have hope and patience. This David guy sounds like a winner to me! I found someone a few years after my first husband died. While we have our ups and downs, I don’t doubt for one minute that he’s committed to our family. And he’s sane! 🙂

    Yes, it’s problematic and for the first year or so, I’d wonder “Okay, when is he going to say enough is enough and walk away?” He hasn’t yet and now I don’t think he ever will. Until death do we part.

  • July 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    When I read this all I wanted to do was yell “ME TOO!”.

    It is so hard to be a single mother with an autistic child. I have come to accept the fact that I will probably never meet someone who wants to take all this on. It’s not easy – having a family was something I really wanted, probably more than anything else.


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