The article has a review type. The analysis included in this study concerns the experiences of parents raising children with disabilities. Its purpose is to identify the characteristic aspects of adapting mothers and fathers to live with a handicapped child, what are different from traditional indicators. A systematic review of Polish and foreign literature describing the issues of parental experience in the situation of a child’s disability was carried out. The study shows the dynamics and complexity of parenting, highlighted in the course of life. The article shows tendencies indicating positive changes occurring in the personal and social functioning of parents, but also confirming the presence of negative aspects. The paper presents the utility of applying the concept of transformation in explaining the essence of these complex experiences.