Raising A Child With Special Needs: Starting A New Career Path

This is a personal subject, but I know there are other parents out there that are raising children with special needs. I know how difficult it can be to work outside the home when raising at least one child with special needs.

I thought I’d bring up the subject that probably a lot of parents who are raising children with special needs have thought about and that is starting a new career path.

Working from home is not for everyone, but it’s a great option for parents who are raising children with special needs. I know because I’m a mother raising a son with autism. I understand how difficult it can be trying to juggle everything that life has to offer.

The Kind Of Days I Had When Working Outside The Home

I had days where the school would call me and ask me to pick up my son because of his behaviors. I know I’m not the only parent that’s been going through those dreaded phone calls.

If a parent is working outside the home and they get that call from the school, I know how stressful it can be to ask your boss if you can leave early again or even having to make the phone call to get a family member to help out.

I had jobs that worked around my son’s schedule, but my son’s sleeping patterns are kind of odd and sometimes he keeps me up all night.

Even when he doesn’t sleep or he may get a little sleep he still has to go to school in the morning because I’m the boss and just because my son wants to stay up all night doesn’t mean no school.

I did try a few different prescribed sleeping medications, but that didn’t work. My son and sleeping pills just don’t mix with him.

OMG, the pills would put him to sleep, but when he wakes up in the morning, he was one extremely aggressive child. Me being the one who has to deal with his aggression, I would rather deal with no sleep than an aggressive son.

So I dealt with no sleep and by me not having enough sleep can lead to me being tired all day and going to work tired is just not fun.

What I really didn’t like is when someone said, “you look tired”. Can I give people some advice, don’t ask a girl if she’s pregnant and don’t ever tell a girl that she looks tired, especially a mother raising any children.

Just tell her she looks radiantly beautiful today or just smile and say hello, Lol.

My Son’s Days

My son used to go to public school until he hit Junior High. In his Elementary School days, they had an area dedicated to children with special needs.

When Junior High hit, his transition to a new school didn’t work out at all. I guess it was just too big and the school didn’t cater to his needs. He refused to go to school at all.

I mean he wouldn’t get out of the car. I had to get the teacher, teacher aides, and everyone try and get him out of that car.

My son wasn’t having it. If he did go to school that day, he was extremely aggressive to the teachers, aides, and he was aggressive at home.

I’ve been hit, bitten till I bled, hair pulled, punched, kicked and slapped. I never thought my son would be so violent.

When he was little such as the age of 2 through 7, he was so loving. He hugged, kissed his mom, and he loved to play word games with me. When he turned around 8 years old, he wasn’t extremely aggressive, but he had some bad days.

Eventually, he stayed home until he was accepted to go to a private school that was dedicated to special needs children.

I also was decided to try meds to help with his aggressive behaviors. At first he wasn’t having it at his new school, but eventually he realized he wasn’t going back to the public school and his behavior subside.

As for the medications he takes, the medication personally help with his aggression. I know a lot of parents out there may not agree with medication and I personally held off as long as I could.

All I can say, to each their own. If you are one of those people who are against medications, I respect that, but you haven’t walked in my shoes, plus\my son is doing a lot better.

Trying To Find Income From Home

When I decided to find income from home using the Internet, it was tough. It seemed like everything was either a scam, highly expensive or didn’t pay much. Finding a job from home is very difficult. Sometimes these job offers require a quiet environment.

I know my home and I know quiet is not possible. I always have to keep an eye on my son and there is just no way a quiet environment can happen.

Even though my son is on meds he does have his occasional moods swings. He could be happy all day, but on occasions just like a light switch, his mood will switch.

It’s also difficult because my son can’t communicate exactly what is going on. My son is verbal, but we don’t have a conversation the way “normal” people do.

This is another reason why I dedicated myself to finding a way to work from home. I wanted a schedule where I can work where and when I wanted to and the background noise wouldn’t be a problem.

After doing research, I learned the best way to earn an income, is by starting my own business. This is how I learned about Affiliate Marketing and it seemed to be the perfect fit for me.

How Did I Find A Way To Work At Home?

I did a lot of researching and I found someone’s site that taught people how to make a little bit of money from home at any time of the day. He also had a recommended site that taught people how to build a website from home.

I tried building a website from home awhile back, but it didn’t work out. I then decided to check out his recommended site since it was free to try, I gave it a shot.

What was really great about this particular place is that I got a website up really fast. When I tried the first time, I didn’t even get a website up.

It did take time to build and generate an income from my site, but the lessons that I learned works and I am now generating an income from my business, boy is good info powerful.

Why Affiliate Marketing?

I didn’t have to own a product and or make a product to sell. What’s nice about Affiliate Marketing is that I can recommend good quality products to people. If someone purchases the product I recommend, I’m able to make a commission on the products I recommend.

A friend and myself tried making our own products a while back. We tried to sell our handmade products on Etsy, but it was difficult to get our products seen. The handmade products we were making was also time-consuming , but it was fun because I do making things by hand.

What I learned now is that I would have done things a little different from what I learned through My #! Heroic site. I’m not going to say I wouldn’t sell our creations but It’s on the back burner for now. I’m just too busy at the moment.

As for Affiliate Marketing, it is a good way to go if you have a child with special needs actually it’s great for any parent who wants to stay at home.

What I really found so interesting about affiliate marketing is how inexpensive it is and there is no product to store in your home. Affiliate programs are free to sign up.

The way I get paid is through PayPal, some services may pay by check, other’s through their own program. It just depends on which good quality product you want to promote and what Affiliate Programs a person signs up for.

Who Helped Me With Affiliate Marketing?

I learned through My #1 Heroic Site. They taught me everything on one platform. I learned at my own pace and time. I’m still learning, but I earn money too.

Like I said prior, it was free to join. So I checked it out. They never asked me for any upfront cost. If I didn’t feel it was right for me because I tried building a website before, all I had to do was move on. Nope, my Credit Card wasn’t held hostage, Lol.

You can read about My #1 Heroic Site and learn about the free and premium membership.

All In All

When I started working from home it sure helped because I can work anytime of the day. Sometimes I can get some rest when my son is at school. Working from home allows me that flexibility that I need, but most importantly, I don’t look as tired as I use to, Lol.

Working from home makes life easier. Life isn’t perfect by all means, but it helps that I don’t have to rely so much on others if I were to work outside the home.

If I had to pick up my son, all I have to do is get up and go. I don’t have to ask a boss, “can I leave so I can pick up my son.” I’m my own boss now and don’t have to answer to anyone.

I’m a mother of two, my son and my daughter are special to me. I wouldn’t change anything in the world about them. They are my little sunshine even though they are teens now.

If you’re interested in building a business from home, then I highly suggest you check out My #1 Heroic Site. If I could do it, I know you can. All you have to do is Plant, Water, and Believe.

If you’re a parent and have a special needs child, let us know your experience below, thanks!

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16 thoughts on “Raising A Child With Special Needs: Starting A New Career Path”

  1. It sounds like you’re living my life! I’ve been able to stay home with my kids for years but my husband just lost his job and I’m freaking out!

    There’s so much more to being a parent of special needs kids than people think. I too get the calls from school needing to pick up my son. Or can’t get him to go. He missed 15 days this past winter because he didn’t want to wear the harness!

    Bus would come every morning and we would try. Nope! I would have driven him, but he basically got kicked out of his new school.

    where I live it’s a coop among several schools, every few years they change. Which is crazy considering one of the main characteristics of Autistics is routine and stability! He was beating up staff and choking principal with his own tie! (it’s ok, you can laugh. We HAVE to have a sense of humor).

    So he now goes to a private school (it’s awesome plus the district pays for it) and it’s almost an hour away. I would have to drive back and forth 4 times. Umm, no ty!

    Anyway, desperately trying to find something from home that’s legit, no cost, no selling products /having parties, no back to back calls. And the most important is FLEXIBILITY!

    I have done a variety of things through the years. I’m not opposed to working. I’m not trying to be picky. But it doesn’t pay for me to go out and work and try to find someone to watch him when not at school.

    I’m not even sure where he could go if I could afford. He’s 11 now. Plus summer is basically here. I can’t do back to back calls or tight schedule because he will be home.

    Also, my daughter just had a baby and I watch her couple days a week. Daughter trying to find full time job and I would like to remain available.

    I’m not sure what I need exists but I’ll keep looking! My ideal job would be something creative. I’ve been creating since I was 3 years old.

    I make wire wrapped jewelry, paint/draw, murals, make fancy cakes, I did have a short term job years ago make ornaments from home. I’ve come across 2 jobs this past week and made initial contact.

    I just hope they’re legit! The owner of one company also has Autistic child! So really hoping legit because I would totally lose faith in humanity if she lied about that!

    I appreciate your site and the information and apologize for being so long-winded. I don’t ever get out. I have no friends! Ahh, the joys of parenting special needs. I’m totally kidding! I’m his biggest fan! Thanks again!

    • Hey Michelle, OMG, Oh, how I can relate to everything you just said and no you were not long-winded, actually I really enjoyed reading what you said.

      I know about that harness because my son use to take the bus and I remember putting it on him. Even though my son wore a harness, he was able to get out of it and stand in the bus.

      Actually, the bus drive told me that he opened the back door while she was driving. After that, I decided I would drive him to school myself.

      As for the behaviors, it is just quite stressful and I totally feel you. And on top of that, sometimes when the phone rings, I’m like, oh my could I just have a couple of hours, Lol. I know we don’t get out much and we as parents of special needs children have a unique lifestyle.

      As for working from home, did you check out any of these here? I think Pierce Eislen may be a fit for you for now. You can have background noise in your home and they in fact encourage it.

      Also, you are not really selling anything, you are just getting information from apartments, but that particular job is seasonal and it may be something you can check out.

      You know what really is FLEXIBLE though is having your own website. You can work around your schedule and your lifestyle.

      The beauty of having a website and selling online is that, it’s quite easy to do because people who are looking for the products or services that land on your website and if they find any products that appeals to them, they are able to purchase though you.

      At first especially if your new to the whole website world, it can be a little overwhelming at first, but once you get it, It’s not as difficult as you may think it is, actually it’s more like recommendations.

      I know you’ve probably recommended a product or service to people and it’s pretty much like that, not only that, it’s quite rewarding and this service here, does a great job in instructing people how to build a business online.

      I do want to add though that it does take work and time before you reap the benefits of your labor, but I’m bringing this up because I don’t want you to limit yourself because you feel that you are going to sell products as the gist of owning a website, that is not the case at all, it is also about helping people and I’m sure you can help people in may ways.

      It doesn’t hurt to check them out, it’s free to check out and you don’t even have to pull out a single credit card.

      You just make a user name, a password and enter your email address then you have access to ten free lessons and they even will host your website for free, this way you are able to see the advantage of owning a website for yourself. If you still feel it is not what you’re looking for, all you do is just move on.

      I hope you find what you are looking for Michelle, It was so nice to read what you had to say.

      I really appreciate you taking the time to make a comment, it brought so many memories of when my child was young. Micheal is now going to be 18 this year and I miss the days when I was able to hug and kiss my son. He won’t let me do that now, but I think that applies to even typical teens when their moms want to hug and kiss them, Lol. All the best with many blessings, give your son a hug from me, Evelyn.

  2. Not having children myself, I can only imagine how difficult it must be to try to hold down a job when you have a special needs child to take care of. Hey, it must be hard enough even with a child who doesn’t have special needs.

    Definitely, working from home seems to be the best option. At least then you will always be around in case he needs you. I suppose the only downside is if you are trying to work while he is at home then you might find it distracting. But while he is at school you might actually be able to get quite a lot done.

    • Hey Marcus, distractions are part of my daily life. The best thing I know how to handle it is just by helping my son when he needs help and then get back to work. I am more productive when my children are sleep or at school. It’s nice though that I have a really great flexible schedule. Thanks for your thoughts, Evelyn.

  3. I suppose it can be very challenging raising a special needs child, but a challenge that is very rewarding. I have a friend who helps to teach special needs kids and she loves her job. But not many people do love their jobs these days! You have put together a very informative article to help parents make extra money at home whilst bringing up their children, and Thanks for sharing your own story too! Affiliate Marketing sounds really Awesome, and I will definitely have a read in to your Heroic site.

    • Hey Neil,

      Challenging oh yeah! It can be very difficult at times. I take it a day at a time, that’s all I can do as a parent. It’s nice to know that parents like me have other options to earn a living these days. I don’t know what I would have done without the internet. I did have to work at it, but it has became one of the best investments I’ve made. I’m so glad I did it. Thanks for your thoughts and cheers to you, Evelyn.

  4. Hi Evelyn,

    Raising your son while doing you job is not an easy task. It highly requires patience and of course hard work. Affiliate marketing is definitely a place for those people who are busy on doing certain things but wants to start their own business at home. Great insights by the way. I hope for your more success in the future!

    • Hey John, Thanks for your kind words. Every time I’m not with my son I worry about him. It’s not easy and it can be extremely tough a lot of times. Working from home really helped me alleviate a lot of the stress I was experiencing. It’s nice to know that I found My #1 Heroic Site. I don’t know where I would have been if I haven’t found them. It’s great to know that there are options out there. Thanks for your thoughts John and I wish you only the best, Evelyn.

  5. Hey Evelyn, I would want to commend you on your website, its something to be proud off. It is simple yet nicely setup. Firstly thank you for the opportunity to read your article, it was very insightful. Your personal input into your article made me able to relate and want to try out affiliate marketing for myself.

  6. Hi,

    Wow that sounds like an enormous challenge and I really admire you for your amazing attitude. Your child is lucky to have such a dedicated and loving mother.

    I can’t imagine how hard that would be. I know raising children is a huge challenge at the best of times let alone a child with special needs.

    It seems like you’ve found a great fit for your lifestyle with the online business. Great job.

    • Thanks Robert, it is a challenge to raise a child with special needs. Working from home sure helps with the pressure. I feel so blessed to have found a service like My #1 Heroic Site. I’ve learned so much there and their platform helped me tremendously. Thanks for your kind and wonderful thoughts. Wish you only the best, Evelyn.

  7. Hi Evelyn,

    First of all, I enjoyed reading your heart felt story and so happy you have found some success being able to work from home with your son. As a retired elementary school teacher, I understand.

    As for your content, I also relate since I have fallen victim to many glitzy websites and promises of big money with no work mostly MLM schemes, some turning out to be illegal, others just non-realistic. Like yourself, I have learned the saying “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” Hence, I also learned about WA and onward and forward, trying to earn a supplementary income to my teaching retirement pension.

    When promoting WA, talking about the helpful team is huge. WA is great, but can be technical and frustrating at times. The team has pulled my through many a roadblock.

    Great site and continued good luck, Bruce.

    • Hey Bruce, I too have fallen victim to MLM businesses they are not for me. I’m so glad I started learning through WA. It allowed me to build a business from and and I’ve been earning from it. Of course we will have our roadblocks, but you so correct that the community inside WA does supply people with information that will help them. There’s nothing like Wealthy Affiliate. Thanks for your thoughts Bruce. Wish you the best, Evelyn.

  8. Thank your for such an honest and courageous post. While I don’t have a special needs child, I found your wisdom and advice very helpful.

    I agree, working from home is not for everyone, but your heroic source for training is spot-on if someone wishes to go that route.

    Personally, I could never work at a job again. Working from home has spoiled me. It’s about as stress-free as we can hope for in this day and age.

    • Hey G.C.

      Thanks, I understand how feel about not working a job again. I too feel that way once I learned how flexible working from home can be. It’s amazing how you’re able to work when you want and how you want. There’s nothing like it in my book. I appreciate your thoughtful comment. Wish you more success, Evelyn.

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