Our kids are different -- and that's okay. Here's a must-read book that celebrates their uniqueness.
by Kay Marner
I, too, love the newly-released, revised edition of Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid written by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian, sisters who are also both moms to children with special needs. The book is an incredibly funny yet compassionate and sincere look at raising imperfect children, based on the authors' lives with their own now-teenage daughters. As if by virtue of being teenagers their girls weren’t imperfect enough, Gina’s daughter Katie has Asperger’s syndrome and Patty’s daughter Jennifer is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As the mom of Natalie, a just-barely-imperfect child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), I found something to identify with, and laugh about, on every single page.
In honor of this great book and in tribute to parents like you, we’re giving away two free copies of Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid. For a chance to win, comment on this post by 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 17, 2010, answering these questions: Are you up front about your special needs child’s imperfections? Do you talk openly about your child’s experience with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, or other non-perfect conditions? Note: To be considered, please log in to leave a comment using a valid e-mail address. Those who do not will not be including in the drawing.
Two winners will be chosen at random from all entrants. If you don’t win, don’t whine! Shut up and go out and buy a copy.
Gina and Patty: I know you’re busy promoting the book, but please say you’ll start work on a sequel -- Shut Up About Your Perfect Parenting Skills -- right away!