Parenting A Special Needs Child

When you decide to be a parent, you imagine that perfect little baby swaddled in a cute blanket that was knit by your Mom. You imagine the moments like bringing them home and changing their diapers and breast feeding them and having them cuddle on your chest. You imagine them learning how to walk and rambling through the house like drunken sailors while you make sure that their falls will be pain free. You imagine teaching them how to read or write their names or ride a bike or drive a car or go to college. You never imagine seeing your child in an incubator or in an MRI machine or being tested. But, for some of us, this is reality.

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Top 5 things we do to mess up our kids

Relationships do not end with your lovers. We are in relationship with everyone and everything. For many of us, the prospect of having children was a natural process of development. We put little thought into how to parent. We placed lots of effort into making sure they had a great nursery that was both stimulating and visually appealing. We chose a name that was both meaningful and unique. We did our research into how we would give birth, what diapers they would use and weighed the benefits and drawbacks to co-sleeping over independence. Our birth-plans resembled tomes and their outfits that we picked for bringing them home from the hospital are nicely packed away in their keepsakes. In all of this planning, did you think how you would actually parent them?

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Parenting Your Inner and Outer Child

Being attached to stuff is the cause of all suffering according to Buddhism. Not being attached to primary caregivers is the cause of most mental illness according to Attachment Theorists. Kids need freedom to experience independence. Too much freedom makes kids insecure and they will have difficulty forming attachments when they are older. Maybe it would be better to board up your family into your home and never listen to anyone.

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Perfect, Imperfect Parenting

Last week we discussed the things we do to mess up relationships. This week, in honor of the grand opening of ParentDumb.com, the premiere parenting website from the same geniuses who brought you this incredible site, we will do for parenting what we do for relationships. Because let’s face it, more stupid things happen in the world of parenting than anywhere else. So let us welcome ParentDumb with open arms and refer all your friends, family and acquaintances to the party.

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What Were My Parents Thinking?

Just a couple more days before the kids are home for the summer and we are starting to hyperventilate from the sheer excitement. Wait. Did we say excitement? We meant dread. By Friday we will have a 17 year old who is starting her college applications, a six year old who can’t wait to be on vacation and the three year old who has been waiting rather impatiently for everybody to be home. Scary! Now comes the fun parenting where we work at making everyone feel equal and loved and safe and nurtured and special and like superstars! Sure……

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Cain and Abel Had Crappy Parents

It’s Monday and we are nearing the end of another school year. By Thursday morning, we’ll have all three kids at home and God help us, all three kids together. There is a special bond between siblings. We have often heard of the psychic connection between twins and some siblings share a hatred that had to be born in the bowels of hell. Where does the connection come from and what separates us forever?

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Being Pregnant, Carnitas, and Magic Wands

If you have kids, want kids, have nieces and nephews or have friends who have or want kids, you have come to the right place. CoupleDumb does not sugar coat parenting in any way. We will not give you your medicine with a spoonful of sugar. You will swallow that horse pill without water and painfully digest it like the rest of us. We kid though. We love our kids and yet it is perfectly fine to say that they drive us crazy sometimes. It is perfectly natural to want to get away from them and have some alone time. But what do you do when they are attached to you? Feeding off you like parasites? Pregnancy is just another time to practice your parenting.

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Do Children Change a Relationship? Ha!

It’s Monday again. For some parts of the world, autumn has arrived with a vengeance and has even flexed its meteorological changes with a little snow. Down here on the southern tip of the U.S., we have just had record heat and are supposedly in a cold snap. Please don’t interpret that to mean we experienced anything that can be construed as frigid weather. The only thing this means is we may actually have a day that the low is lower than what our thermostat is set at. The heat and general discomfort reminds us of those wonderful days when we were pregnant and the recordable temperature meant absolutely nothing since in Babyland it was always hot and humid.

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