Dads Need Support Too!

By Nelson Rascon from DadsMOVE

Being a parent is one of the toughest jobs you can have, throw into that a child with a disability.

The daily rigors of raising a child with disabilities is not only stressful, but can damage your relationship with your partner.  Dads are stubborn creatures; I know I’m one of them! We don’t ask for help, we don’t ask for directions, and we don’t talk about our problems. While we may have the support of a loving spouse, it’s not the same as having other dads to talk to.

I am going to talk about that “dreaded” support group; the kind of thing we think is only for women. Let’s face it guys, women are way better about expressing their emotions and talking about problems with others than we are.

In my journey of raising three children with special needs, the single best thing I did was to connect with other dads like me. I went to dads support groups, dads camping trips and retreats. I cannot begin to express the difference this made for me. There is no better feeling than knowing you are not alone and making some new friends is not such a bad thing.  So next time you think you need to talk to some other dad’s that know exactly how you feel, contact us! you won’t regret it!