What Would You Put on Your Special Needs Parent T-Shirt?
I noticed a tweet the other day from another mom on Twitter, @littleabner_amy, about a beloved t-shirt she owns. It’s not made of fancy silk and it doesn’t make her boobs look great or anything like that (although who knows, maybe it does make her boobs look great, I’ve never met the woman). It’s the above one that very clearly states: “My child has autism. Questions are appreciated, parenting advice is not!”
Soon after, I spotted a tweet from @JenniLeeBlack, a blogger and mom to a super-adorable little girl with Down syndrome, who mentioned a town parade she’d been in for the Fourth of July. She loaded up kids and families onto a wagon with signs tacked onto the sides that read: “Don’t DIS my ABILITY” and “More ALIKE than DIFFERENT.” She told me she’s planning on getting the latter made into a t-shirt.
LOVE that, too.
I’ve heard of parents of kids with special needs handing out calling cards; one mom in the book Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid had a card made up for her son that read: “Ask me about my autism. (I’m nonverbal, so I may not answer.)” That’s a good idea, but I like the idea of a t-shirt parents can wear. Plenty of times when I’m out with Max, I could seriously use one. Especially when he’s screeching and I feel as if people are looking at us and thinking “What a bratty kid!” and “What a crappy mother!”
One of my pet peeves is when people stare at Max, especially when he is behaving just fine. His lack of typical speech, the drooling—some people just blatantly gawk. Max doesn’t yet notice it, but I do, and it drives me batty. Because it’s so rude and because it’s so wrong. That’s when I’d be glad to have a handy-dandy message tee. Amy got her “My child has autism” shirt at Cafe Press, which has all sorts of shirts for all sorts of special needs (though I think the ones about autism are the coolest of the bunch).
“I notice you’re staring at my child, is there a problem?” is a little too in-your-face to have on a shirt, though I’ve been known to say it. What I’d want my shirt to say: ”Staring never helped a child. Just say ‘Hi.’”
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