The little man and I are standing in the checkout line at the grocery, there’s a customer ahead of me and I have no cart so I’m trying to put the groceries from my bag onto the conveyor belt and keep an antsy tired boy near me. The little man was leaning with his elbows on the conveyor belt, hands over ears, standing quietly and relatively still, he wasn’t even one foot behind me. The lady behind me was apparently in such a rush to get her groceries on the conveyor that she couldn’t be bothered to tap my shoulder and ask if I could get my son to move. Instead she put 2…yes 2…hands on his back and physically moved him. It took everything I had not to shank her with my keys for even touching my son.
I turned to her and told her ‘Don’t EVER put your hands on my kid again’.
She looked at me with a blank dumbfounded look on her face, like I’m crazy…how dare I say something to her, and said- ‘Well I asked him to move and he wouldn’t so I gently moved him’
Me- ‘He doesn’t speak, he doesn’t understand you, he has autism’
Her- ‘Well I asked him to move’
Me- ‘Again, I don’t care what you asked him, if you have an issue with MY son you can tell me, I’m 2 inches from him’
All she had to do was apologize somewhere in there…or even just stop talking, nope not this lady, she continuously defended her behavior…Apparently special needs or not, parent nearby or not, she feels it’s okay to put her grubby hands on my son. I don’t know about you, but if I have issue with a child or child’s behavior I’ll talk to the parents…it’s not my place to lecture, much less physically move, someone’s child. The thing people fail to realize…other than we are given common sense for a reason…is that an autism kiddo may look just like every other kid but that doesn’t mean they understand the same things other kids their age might understand…and regardless of a child’s level of understanding you take up any issues you have with a child with that child’s parents not with the child.
I’m a pro at ignoring peoples rude stares when we are out and about, ignoring the rude comments they make under their breath. I’m thankful I didn’t flip out, I didn’t raise my voice, I was much calmer than I thought I’d be if ever thrown in a sticky situation…but DON”T EVER PUT YOUR HANDS ON MY KIDS!! So…Am I crazy??? Would you have just let it go?
This week I’m hanging out at Yeah Write’s hangout grid…have you stopped by and checked out all the awesomeness??
If you give a mom a ________
I have to admit I’ve never read the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books, but my kiddos have and I liked the title so much I’m running with my own spin on a list of things that happen If You Give a Mom a _________…..Hope you enjoy
Yes, I did just compare child raising to puppy training, and yes I know some of you are shaking your heads at me as you read this. I’m not comparing your child, or mine, to a dog, all I’m saying is consistency is key. I get tired of all the excuses people make. Any child can learn and as a parent it’s our job to teach them.
Just my two cents ;P
Go to the App store on iTunes (Sorry non iPhone users, I only know iDevices)
Search – Kindergarten.com on iTunes
Not all the apps are free but for April lots of their ABA Flashcards Apps are free for Autism Awareness Month
You can also visit their website Kindergarten.com if you want more info….
Check it out:::
So many free apps….my monsters have learned lots from these, we downloaded some of them last April, and I’m about to download the new ones / ones we don’t already have
Disclaimer::: Kindergarten.com knows nothing of me or this blog, and I am in no way being compensated for these ramblings… I’m just #SharingTheSavings, from one mom to another
It’s Allison & Ado’s Blog Bash – They’re celebrating their Blogoversaries with a fun link-up….and you know I love a link-up!!
Here’s the deal::: You take one of you fav posts, grab a Blogoversary button, and link it up, then read everyone else’s awesome posts…I can do this, it sounds like a plan!!
First up – The linking up….Not to toot my own horn but I’m pretty amused with a lot of my old posts, as I’m sure most of you are with your own old posts…I think it’s more that flipping through old posts is like a mini rewind that that I think I just write that amazingly well lol….The one I’m sharing today is all about Sanity Savers…we all have them, but I hear so many moms who don’t use them…I don’t know why….but I’m hoping you can laugh with me though these ramblings, share your own sanity savers, and take a second to remember that we all have our own little sanity savers and we should use them!!
A post from last summer, during the last few days of #SummerVacayHell:::
We all have them, what are yours?? Some of mine you may laugh at, or think is this woman mad, but enjoy…and comment below your sanity savers…I’d love to hear them all!
Sanity Saving Munchies
My Mom Hide Out
Hide – Yes, I said it; Yes, I do it. No, I don’t lock myself in a room and ignore my kids. But from time to time, on a particularly stressful day I’ve been known to put a movie on and sneak off into my room (door open) and hide out for a few minutes of quiet to unwind before I get busted by the monsters.
I’m Glad He Enjoyed The Cake
Van Wilder said it best “Worrying’s like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere”
And a final thought on those days where you feel you want to snap and you can’t get a ‘me time’ break, remember my motto, “No matter how much shit the throws at you, it will keep going…so I will keep going…knee deep in dookie and kicking ass the whole way”
–>A quick disclaimer – All the fast food establishments listed above, as well as You Tube, iPod, and KidsTV123 have no idea I’m even writing about them, and everything here is just my two cents. It may or may not work for your family
I have to say favorite Sanity Savers are still - Pray, Laugh, and One Eared Parenting
Now for Part 2 – I’m off to
blogstalk check out all the other great posts that have already linked up…It’s not too late for you to join in the Blogoversary Fun!!