6 Tips for Strengthening Your Marriage
Posted on August 13, 2019 by Ann
I am really stressed out. I have to care for my child and I have no time for my spouse. My spouse shows no concern and does not get involved in caring for our child. We seldom communicate now. It is causing me a lot of stress and I feel like my marriage is going to crumble. What can I do?
It is common for married couples to find it stressful when caring for a child with intellectual disability. This does not necessarily hurt your marriage, but it may shift the balance in your marital relationship. Both of you may adjust differently, and often at a different pace.
Here are some ways to strengthen your marital relationship:
1. Choose a time when both of you are relaxed enough to listen and talk openly about your stress and problems relating to children, finance and other issues.
2. Make time for your relationship. Set aside time to be alone together at least once a week.
3. Sort out what is important between the two of you. Talk about your values, hopes and dreams. Discuss what you want to accomplish as an individual and as a married couple.
4. Learn about your child’s disability together and celebrate each milestone of his life.
5. Allow friends and family to provide additional support, or seek professional help before it affects your marriage.
6. Find out what makes a strong family. Patience, communication, listening, affirmation, respect and trust are some important examples.
MINDS is an All In Preferred Partner.
Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) is one of the largest Voluntary Welfare Organisations in Singapore, serving some 2,400 clients from past the age of six to their ripe old age. MINDS’ services include four special schools, three employment development centres, three day training and development centres, and one multi-service residential home.
This guide was originally published by MINDS’ Allied Health Professionals unit and republished with minor editorial amendments by All In.