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 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 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.


Michelle Glauser 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!!!!


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.

Anonymous said...

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