Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children

Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children

by Gina Gallagher, Patricia Konjoian
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Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children by Gina Gallagher, Patricia Konjoian

AUTHORS’ DISCLAIMER:
We are not in any way experts on parenting children with disabilities. Our goal is simply to share strategies that have worked for each of us in the event it may help those in a similar situation. If you’re different from us (i.e., you are bright or of the perfect persuasion), we advise you not to try the following at home.
 
On a “perfection-preoccupied planet,” sisters Gina and Patty dare to speak up about the frustrations, sadness, and stigmas they face as parents of children with disabilities (one with Asperger’s syndrome, the other with bipolar disorder).
 
This refreshingly frank book, which will alternately make you want to tear your hair out and laugh your head off, should be required reading for parents of disabled children. Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid provides wise and funny advice about how to:


   • Find a support group—either online or in your community
   • Ensure that your child gets the right in-school support
   • Deal with people—be they friends, family members, or strangers—who say or do insensitive things to you or your child
   • Find fun, safe, and inclusive extracurricular activities for your child
   • Battle your own grief and seek professional help if you need it
   • Keep the rest of the family intact in moments of crisis


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307587497
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,197,445
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

GINA GALLAGHER is a highly imperfect mother and an award-winning copywriter. She lives in Marlborough, Massachusetts, with her husband, two daughters, and countless carpenter ants.
 
PATRICIA KONJOIAN is a freelance videographer who lives in Andover, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children. She has been on a diet since 1978.


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Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MonicaG More than 1 year ago
If you are the parent, family member, friend, or teacher of a child with special needs, you must read this book! Don't be put off by the title-it is not at all mean-spirited. It is by turns funny and moving. The authors are "in the trenches" raising daughters with special needs. They are honest about their struggles, but I felt hopeful after I read the book, and realized how much mt son has taught me!
sethany103 More than 1 year ago
As the mother of two children with special needs, I found this book to be refreshingly honest about the blessings and the hardships of rasing children with additional needs. I laughed, I cried, and for the first time in a very long while, I felt like I wasn't alone. This is one of those books I will read again and again when I need a little lift.
Andrea-Fleck More than 1 year ago
I smiled, I laughed, and I cried. But mostly I felt that there was finally 2 people I could relate too, that understood what it was REALLY like to be a parent of a child with special needs. My son has autism and to read someone else's story of living with autism made feel as if I wasn't so alone anymore. It also made me realize that its okay to have an "IMPERFECT" child, its something to celebrate everyday! Thanks you Gina And Patricia for helping me cope with being a single mom with a child that isn't perfect and for helping me to say, its not just okay, its great!!!
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