Instead of emphasizing the problems they face, Shut Up About. . . Your Perfect Kid! celebrates the strengths of children with disabilities and their families. It illustrates wonderfully the power of humor as a tool for coping with the challenges raising children with disabilities and those who love them. The combination of warmth and hilarity evident in the stories in this book will help parents of children with disabilities find new ways to maintain a healthy perspective on the joys and pains they face every day. The honesty, openness, and self-deprecating humor of the mothers who wrote this book -- and the children who let them write it -- provide many valuable and hilarious lessons that will be appreciated by any parent of a child with special needs. --Deirdre Logan, Ph.D., Psychologist, Children's Hospital Boston
Shut Up About . . Your Perfect Kid! is a delightful compilation of anecdotes from the real lives of sisters who parent their children with unconditional humor and do so with resounding success. Their ability to make the ordinary family experience one of extraordinary poignancy, by honoring the humanity in each of their special children, is a blessing for all parents who struggle with their own family issues of acceptance, expectation, and authority... Above and beyond the contagious humor within this book is the caveat that it contains for all of us: open your eyes to the gifts that each and every one of us bear -- young or old, large or small, abled, or challenged -- you may miss the most brilliant gems in life if you merely scan the surface of human existence. --Sally McCue, LISCW
Shut Up About . . Your Perfect Kid! has it all; humor, practical advice and inspiration. Most of all, it is a heartfelt outpouring of love from two mothers with special children who discovered themselves along the way. Read this book and you, too, will discover yourself. --John Alexandrov, best-selling author of Your Spiritual Gold Mind, Affirmations of Wealth, and The Money Chi
From the Back Cover
Us. vs. Them Battle: "It's hard to hear how good their kid is on the baseball field when yours would rather catch real flies."
Medication: "We've met parents who feel guilty for putting their kids on meds...for not putting their kids on meds...even for taking their kids' meds."
Food: "Yes, my daughter would like a Happy Meal. Please hold the meal and she'll be happy."
Marriage: "You can remember the name of Beaver Cleaver's first-grade teacher, but you can't remember to put your son on the bus?"
Sports: "Do we have to follow the ball Mom? It's more fun following a bee."
Everyday life: "Sorry, I missed the bus, Mom. I was practicing my funny faces in the mirror."