Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Eavesdropping At The Mouse House


About a month ago, I started contributing articles about life with a special needs child to my local Patch website.  I post there twice a month in a column call "Just Off Main Street".

My third article is posted there today...I could use your support if you are so inclined, as I'm sort of crapping on normie parents (I know, so unlike me) and I may be a little outnumbered over there.

My first article was about our haircut routine, the second was about "runners" and the need to relinquish control when raising a special needs child, and this one is called "Eavesdropping At The Mouse House" and relates conversations overheard amongst typical parents.  Spoiler Alert!  Hannah is a very good sharer...

18 comments:

  1. So the "read headed sharing family?" Did they happen to mention how long they waited in line at Disney? Suckers!!!!!

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  2. You weren't too hard on normie parents, Lynn...you didn't even wish that anyone would get clocked upside the head with a sippy cup! You offered a real and enlightening perspective as usual!

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  3. I also don't think you were too hard on the NT parents. Most of them have no idea we are on the outside watching.

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  4. Don't come to me for sympathy. I don't even know what a frappachino is.

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  5. So glad to hear that someone else does eye-rolls with their imaginary friends! I thought I was the only one who did that!

    For what its worth, normie parents need to hear it. No, you weren't too hard on them. They need to know.

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  6. Scott and Ann, sitting in a tree.....

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  7. Scott: "Its hard to be a parent, whether of young children, special needs children or a dad of a daughter navigating the social scene of dads at the library" No one wants to have at that one??

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  8. When I would go to these "kid get togethers" at our local library, I actually did my best to avoid any contact with any moms. For the same reasons. I was there for my kid, not to sit around and talk about the PTA, what we were having for dinner, or what trait our kid's had that drove us nuts.

    I never saw any dads there, always moms. Must be a new trend. Mom time alone, dad time with child. I would have loved to have heard some of these conversations the dads had.

    Audrey wouldn't have had any fun with Hannah. No frilly shit for her. Props to Audrey!

    So much has changed in 20 years. Great post Lynn!

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  9. I just read Aimee's comment about the lines at Disneyland and laughed out loud. In a Starbucks. What the fuck are these people looking at?

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  10. I totally understand your feelings. I feel the same way when I hear parents describing sleepovers and birthday parties - events that my son has not been invited to.

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  11. Great Article! You went easy on the NT parents. I briefly considered the word "normal" but those parents were anything but what I consider normal. Dude, grow a set and get out of the princess dress! When taking care of my nieces and nephew as a nanny I hated those conversations, because I was there for my kids, but thankfully once the parents found out I was only a "proxy" they generally left me alone. Or I made shit up until they were dazed and confused.

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  12. I left a comment under "Eavesdropping at the Mouse House." I, like everyone else, love your writing.

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  13. Quite frankly, I don't see the big deal with sitting on my phone while my kid is doing whatever (SCOTT!)

    I have one normie and even when I take him out I am not chatting with the other parents, just b/c I am not like that. I really could give a crap about making a 15 min connection at the freaking library. Or maybe I am still jaded even when I go out with Mr Typical. Hmmmm....

    Scott must be married to Ann.

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  14. Stopping by from SITS...and congratulations on your blog award from Little Bit Quirky. I feel your pain on hearing that kind of thing from dads. I completely agree.

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  15. You had me at 'Crapping on normie parents'.

    Headed over.

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  16. I hate "normies" and I am one.

    (This is Sue Carroll, btw)

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