(New Member)
02/21/08 01:09 PM
Seperated Families

I am the mother of a 6 year old Autistic boy. His father and I have been seperated since he was 11 months old. I've recently run into a problem with him always asking to go see his dad when ever I ask him to do anything he doesn't want to do. It likes he is using it as an excuse to get out of doing things that he used to just do. ie brushing his teeth or eating his dinner.

I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions about how to handle it or if there are any other seperated families with autistic children that can share their stories with me.


(New Member)
02/21/08 02:02 PM
Re: Seperated Families

The good cop / bad cop scenerio is very common among divorced families. A lot of times, the parent who doesn't have full custodial rights will attempt to drive a wedge between the divorced spouse and the child by being very lenient and showering the child with gifts, affection, etc.

This is a common issue, not just with parents of children with autism, but families of neurotypical as well.

An divorce expert can probably help you with this matter as well.

(New Member)
03/31/08 02:01 AM
Re: Seperated Families

Your son is probably realizing that you feel uncomfortable and guilty when he brings up his father that you will not make him do whatever it is that you are asking him to do. You ass a parent need to try to hide that emotion and guilt that u are seprated because your son is starting to become more aware of it. He is begin to use that to his advantage.

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