January 11, 2011
I have a few statistics for you:
88% of parents mutter the phrase "Where's the instruction manual?" within 48-hours of having a baby.
Another 11.5% turn to their hospital roommate and say things like, "What are you? A fart head? Of course there's no instruction manual!"
The remaining .5% are just all, "Oh hey! You're cute! Let's snuggle!"
And here's my last statistic for you:
By the time that baby reaches preschool, 100% of parents will say something to the effect of, "Seriously, what the hell am I supposed to do with this child?!" or "My hair is on fire!" or "Children are a blessing....now really, where's that instruction manual I asked about back in '06?"
Today, I come bearing good news...and I'm dead serious here...
There is an instruction manual.
Okay fine, it's actually a blog--but that makes it even better since it's free. And you can read it while you're 'working.' And your kids won't feel all curious when they see a book called How to Handle Your Very Terrible Child on the nightstand.
The blog is written by my sister, who's far more than just a fabulous couponer. She's way humble, so she'll probably kill me for writing this, but Katy is the child/adolescent social development expert on the South Shore of Boston.
She works with all kinds of kids--some are on the autism spectrum, some struggle with being shy, some are just your run-the-mill tween who can't seem to get the grasp of making friends. Schools call her for help, parents call her for help, and I call her for lots of help (ie How do you get Sharpie marker off of a face?!?! Oh yeah, and what are the deep seeded issues that caused him to do that? But seriously...Windex maybe?).
Lucky for us, she started a blog. So now we can all get snippets of her fantabulous parenting tricks without getting an invoice in the mail. What a deal!
Check her our at http://katyshamitz.blogspot.com. Make sure you tell her I sent you, so she'll send me a thank you gift in the mail.
And just so you know, she gets her good qualities from me. All of them.