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Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children Paperback – Aug 3 2010

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (Aug. 3 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307587487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307587480
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #185,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 5 2010
Format: Paperback
Just check out the rave reviews this book got on the Amazon USA boards!

For anybody wants children or whose child or children have special needs, make this book your best friend. Not only do the authors relate truly funny incidents regarding children with special needs, they pave a boulevard of tolerance in the special needs and mainstream worlds. They also build a Bridge of Hope and connect these worlds into one. The sisters who wrote this are brilliant, clever and VERY funny. Each time I wanted to shout, "Preach on, Sisters!" I LOVE this book! The title says just what many people would love to say but don't for decorum's sake. (Dear Abby's column dated 6/20/06 and 7/21/06 addresses this very issue of people who talk about their children to the exclusion of others, usually in the workplace. This book helps inure listeners when this type of thing is taking place).

People who go on about their kids often will draw blood where they think it will hurt the most if anybody dares object to hearing any more about their ideal offspring. One is not "anti-parent" simply because they don't feel like hearing others drone on about their children. They resort to putdowns and take on a sense of social entitlement towards those who want children and find it difficult to listen to others' accounts. People who take on this posture also tend to lash out at anybody doesn't dare worship at the altar of their families and stroke their egos by telling them how wonderful and perfect their kids are and what a great job they are doing raising them. If anyone dares object, they risk censure and ostracism. It does make you wonder if people who dominate the conversations in this manner realize how it can be quite hurtful to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KathyO on Dec 9 2010
Format: Paperback
It's not a how-to book. It's certainly not a clinical book about either Asperger's or bipolar disorder. It's not a whinefest about how tough life is, or an uplifting soft-focus schmaltz-o-rama. And it's nowhere near as hostile as the title would have you believe.

It's about special-needs parenting; it's about finding out that you're on a trip you did not plan on taking, it's about living a life whose "everyday normal" doesn't look like ANYONE else's. It's about the looks you get from other parents, the advice you get from well-meaning (and not) strangers, and the slalom course you will find yourself steering, with increasing confidence, between school, the medical system, the needs of the rest of your family, and everything else.

And it's about the hugely, burningly important truth that you can't let these things snuff out your sense of humour and your joy in your family, even when the laughter is strained and slightly hysterical, and even if the biggest way you are showing your love is by closing yourself in a closet for fifteen minutes instead of committing infanticide.

If you find yourself in this special-needs club, if you want to plow the next person who brags to you about all the things their child does amazingly well, while you're still hoping for the things that everyone else takes for granted... this book is for you. Read. Enjoy. Laugh. Have a glass of wine if you've got one handy. I'm sure you deserve it.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Finally! The truth comes out! Aug. 10 2010
By Sethany Griffin - Published on
Format: Paperback
As the mother of two boys ages 9 and 11, one with autism and bipolar disorder and one with signifigant anxiety, this book was a refreshing positive change from all of the typical gloom and doom books out there on this subject matter. The "Shut up Sisters" have shined a bright light on the truth, that children with special needs are a huge challenge, but a huge blessing as well. Each of the sisters gives her own personal perspective on the happiness, joy, heartbreak and pain that comes with this difficult job of parenting special needs children that none of us are prepared to take on, and sends a very clear message, "You are not alone." Sometimes, just knowing that is what gets us through the day.

This book made me laugh and it made me cry, but most of all it made me realize how truly lucky I am to be blessed with the family and the support system I have. Bravo to the sisters for embracing their imperfection!
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Rave review March 27 2007
By Mad bin Tod - Published on
Format: Paperback
Shut Up About...Your Perfect Kid is exactly what parents of special children need to read. In addition to sharing extremely funny stories about special children, the authors break down barriers within the special needs community as well as throughout mainstream culture. Using humor, wisdom and revealing their own personal journeys, the authors create a "we're all in this together" reading environment. The book validates the fears, limitations and challenges of parenting special children; at the same time, the book encourages parents to examine our expectations and perspectives about our special children and appreciate the gifts they bring to our lives. Expect to sigh, cry and laugh out loud.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A must read for parents of a challenged child May 24 2007
By Deirdre Carey - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is no "make lemons into lemonade" book! These two sisters open their hearts and their homes to the world to share an exceptionally honest and insightful approach to raising children with challenges. You'll laugh, and you'll cry. This is also a great read for parents who DON'T have children with special needs - so they can have a better understanding of what it is like...and then maybe they'll "shut up about their perfect child!" Way to go sisters! I've never read a book that was so heartfelt, and raw, and truthful! And I commend both the writers for having the strength to keep their families intact regardless of the many hurdles they've needed to overcome, and what is most impressive is their ability to find the dark humor during very difficult circumstances. Buy your copy TODAY!!!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A MUST read for parents of children with special needs Aug. 3 2010
By Deborah A Stephens - Published on
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This book is excellent! It is a heart-warming and humorous journey of two sisters each raising a daughter(s) with a disability. If you feel as if you are the only one struggling to raise your special needs child, grab a tissue and sit down to read.
The book goes through their different reactions to their daughter's diagnoses and follows along through the good and the bad. Walk with Gina and Patty as they go thorugh IEPs, team meetings, appointments with psychologists and psychiatrists. Cry and laugh as they describe their daughters going to school, inclusion classroom, private school and life in general.
While their daughters have Asperger's, Bipolar disorder and NVLD you will enjoy reading no matter what your child's disability may be.
Join them and their many fans on Facebook as well "Shut-Up About Your Perfect Kid". Learn that while others brag about the honor roll or star athlete, your child has qualities worth bragging about as well.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover April 9 2007
By reading is fun - Published on
Format: Paperback
Finally! A book that understands exactly how I feel on the days when I think there is no hope in sight and that I can laugh at some of the bumps in the road.

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