Monday, August 04, 2008

You Might Be A Parent of a Special Needs Child When...

You Might Be A Parent of a Special Needs Child When...

1. Showering and sleep time are valuable, tradable commodities in your house.
2. Taking your kid(s) to the grocery store is an all-day adventure requiring all-hands-on-deck, and is referred to as an "educational opportunity."
3. You have to pay a babysitter respite worker $40 an hour, and a minimum of 4 hours, to attend a fifteen-minute meeting at school.
4. That fifteen-minute meeting ends up taking the entire four hours.
5. You have to buy a three-inch binder to hold all the necessary paperwork for any meeting or appointment about your child.
6. You have to buy a new binder every year, just for that year's paperwork.
7. You find yourself evaluating toys based on developmental and therapeutic value.
8. You have forgotten what it was like to be out of the house after 10 pm. Either you are already asleep by then, or you have to use the after-kids-are-asleep time to do things like go to the grocery store, wash clothes, clean the house, and blog.


JoyMama said...

Hmmm... I think I just might possibly be the parent of a special needs child! Thanks for the (wry) chuckle.

Niksmom said...

OMG! This is priceless. Especially #1...totally tradeable commodities! And time to go to the gym, too!

JoeyAndyDad said...

We're lucky. Our gym has a child area the boys love.

Mama Mara said...

You brave girl, taking your kids to the grocery store. You call it "educational opportunity"; I call it temporary insanity.