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Welcome to Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid

Therapy and sanity for ordinary parents of special kids.

You know it’s a typical day in your atypical house when…

A neighbor asks you what activities your child is enrolled in and you answer, therapy and social skills workshop.

Your husband tells you he’s thinking about taking a new job and you ask him about the mental health benefits of the  new company.

You tell your teen about the dangers of being on drugs and she tells you, “But Mom, you give them to me every morning.”

Your husband buys you a WalGreen’s gift card for Christmas.

You tell your spouse you’re going to get the mail and he asks if you plan on returning.

You have to Ask Geeves how to do your daughter’s sixth grade math homework.

Quality time is sitting down and taking your medications as a family.

You notice your neighbor’s dog doesn’t make eye contact and diagnose him with an ASD.

You have to play a trumpet to get your teenager out of bed.

90% of the people you spend time with speak in acronyms.

The short bus beeps the horn 1/2 mile before it reaches your house.

Tell us your response.

5 Responses to You know it’s a typical day in your atypical house when…

  1. Robin Walker January 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    I don’t know if I should continue laughing out loud to this or crying because many are my realities!

    I think the greatest part of what you created here G & P is that this is a safe forum for parents to feel less alone on this journey. It isn’t about anything more then looking at the cards we were all dealt and calling a spade a spade and finding the humor together that we often might miss by ourselves because it is so intense at the time. I mean really, even my closest of friends would not get this blog or your page, yet I sit here considering purchasing a trumpet.

  2. admin January 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Thanks Robin. Great comment! Buy the trumpet.

  3. Angie Barrett Grantman January 23, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    My husband I are still laughing….but wait….we stopped long enough to ponder whether the trumpet might just be the solution we’ve been searching for to finally get our 17 year old son with Fragile X Syndrome and Autism out of bed and to school on time for a change. It’s been a while since that happened. Love following you on facebook and today discovered your blog. Such a funny spin on some serious challenges so many of us face. Thanks for sharing your humor and your talent.

  4. Kathy Martin January 24, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    I don’t think the trumpet will work on Zach – TNT maybe –
    Anyone have Wiley Coyote’s ACMEproducts catalog?

  5. Sandie Becker January 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    you return from the grocery store and one of the kids asks you for the peanut butter and you tell them I just bought the industrial size jar 3 days ago and they laugh and tell you it’s gone.

    Or

    you return from the grocery store and your husband hands you another list when you walk in the door. UGH!

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