The Instruction Manual!

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.

7 comments:

Michemily said...

Your sister Katy is pretty awesome. Too bad I don't have any children to try these things on. Maybe I should try using them to solve some of my own issues. ;)

PIP :| said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH AMY!!! Katie is awesome...and your "awesomer" for suggesting her blog. Her insight has given me a real eye opener and ideas on the way i am interacting with my kids.....Thanks again!!!!

xoxox

Amy said...

It's true. I'm totally awesomer than she is :)

Krista said...

I always knew I got shorted having only a brother who has no idea about anything child-related. I have favorited your sister's blog and am hoping she provides me some sanity as I watch my two daughters heading toward their preteen years while my 1-year-old son smacks me in the face. THANK YOU.

Katy Shamitz said...

Thanks Amy! <3 Check's in the mail.

Team O'Connor said...

Do these suggestions work for adults? I read some of your sister's blog and it is amazing. I don't think I could ever communicate thoughts like these to people. She is very talented.

bostonblacksheep said...

Totally loving it! (Thanks, Katy!) When I get back in the classroom, I'll be much more prepared!