Monday, July 23, 2018

When You See a "Difficult" Child, Before You Judge

We had a rough weekend.

But it wasn't because of the girls.

They were great.

It was other people. Mostly other people with opinions about what Maggie needed.

And that inspired this video.

I really try, in general to avoid being ranty, because I really, really hate my old ranty posts and find them incredibly embarrassing. But... I also think there's a time to speak out.

And that feels like now.


  1. Oh, Cammie. This is so hard. God bless you.

  2. I didn't think that was a ranty video ! I think you explained very calmly and in a very level-headed manner a very real problem !

  3. Well said. I don't know how I would handle it...but maybe I'd channel my late mother, who would have walked up to the offending person, put her face a little too close to theirs, and said,"Do you have some sort of problem?".My mother could be menacing - and if you poked her, you poked a rattler - but that sometimes came in handy. ;)

  4. When my son with cerebral palsy was younger he had a stroller (now he has a power wheelchair). Once a woman walked up to him, stood right in front of him and *scolded* him for being in a stroller and *ordered* him to not be so lazy, stand up and walk. I told him he would love to do that but couldn't because of CP. She paused, then started to scold *me* because it apparently it was my fault she did not realize he had CP.

    Then there's the people who come to us and ask me "What's wrong with your son?" I usually talk back "Nothing. What's wrong with you?"

    I am *not* shy. You stare at my kid, I state at you. You point at my kid, I point at you. You insult my kid, I insult you (as gracefully as I can muster). Now, if it's a child asking, pointing or insulting, I go into educational mode.

    Hang in there!!

  5. I saw a fun shirt that said "I used to be a people person, until people ruined it" with cute font and it made me laugh. Then think -- yeah, I know people like that. Hugs. I'd like to think I wouldn't be judge-y. You always think you aren't. Sometimes watching your videos give me another reminder to check myself.


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