LOL Parenting Moments To Beat The Back-To-School Blues
Humorous tales from parents and guardians of children with special needs
Illustration Mary Dunn
Published July 2019 DFWThrive
Updated July 29, 2019
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There is always one day a week where I am 90% caffeine and 10% dry shampoo. That pretty much sums up our busy schedules with school and therapies!  ––Shelley, Highland Village. She has a 5-year-old son with autism who is nonverbal and a 16-year-old. 

“My 23-year-old son is autistic. When I sat him down as a teenager to explain his diagnosis, I concluded by telling him not to go to school tomorrow and tell everyone that he is autistic, and he replied, ‘Yeah, because that would be bragging, right?’ ––Jeanmarie, Plano. She has a 23-year-old son who is autistic, 29- and 26-year-old daughters and a 19-year-old son. 

We have been trying to teach Robert to smile for years. One night after he brushed his teeth, he showed them to us with a perfect smile! Now when we need that smile we don’t tell him to say ‘Cheese,’ we tell him to show us his ‘brushed teeth’ smile.” ––Jennifer, McKinney. She has an 18-year-old with autism.  

My son started having to wear a belt as a part of his new school uniform. We practiced taking it on and off in preparation for school. Later I found out he had been taking the belt completely off every time he went to the bathroom. I completely failed to address how to go to the bathroom when wearing a belt! —Kim, Fort Worth. She has an 8-year-old with ADHD and 13-year-old with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.