Marriage and Parenting

Marissa Sweat Evans by Marissa Sweat Evans Additional Needs

Marissa Sweat Evans

Marissa Sweat Evans

I am a mother and advocate for my son as well as others with disabilities. My oldest was diagnosis with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.

Marriage and Parenting

I’m always asked how my husband and I can find time for each other while parenting. We have two daughters and one son. Our son relies fully on us for his care.

I think for the most part we find time in-between time for the two of us. But most of our outings always consist of us with our kids. And to be honest it’s what we prefer. Being a parent of a child with special needs has some challenging times. It's not as easy as some of us may make it look. We can’t just leave our kids in the hands of anyone especially our son Jaylen. His needs require lots of time and patience.

So, for the most part, was home. Being in his comfort zone where he’s able to crawl around is how we get to make time for each other. Sometimes we pick a movie to watch. Other times we sit outside and talk to one another. There have been times when we just walked the neighbourhood.

We usually don’t get to date outside of our home until the children are in school. Then we really take advantage of spending time together with just us. Rather it is cleaning the house together, shopping for the house together or for our kids. You just basically must find time in-between times as I stated at the beginning of this.

I think with us knowing our son require so much care we just don’t let that affect our relationship. Although there are times when we're both frustrated, we still make the best of our marriage. We still tell each other that we love one another every day. Whenever I go in the store I'll pick up some of his favourite snacks and we’ll eat them while watching tv.

Just random things at convenient times to keep the love alive. It doesn’t take a lot of work to make your marriage work if you are putting in the time.

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