So there’s this thing going around the internet where people post a list of things that you’re not supposed to say to a a certain person or group of people, like parents of multiples and short people (no, I would not like a kids’ menu, and yes, I’m quite sure I’m old enough to peruse the adult section of this bookstore, thank you). And I might do one of those in the future. But that’s a lot of stuff to remember not to say. So in the intersts of making things easier, I thought I’d do my own list of things you can totally say to an aspie parent (or at least to me).
1. You’re taking your kids to the museum again? They’re going to learn so much cool stuff! As if musuems aren’t already the greatest places on earth, they’re fun for kids too. Win.
2. You spent hours and hours researching (car seats, child psychology, baby carriers, etc.)? You’re pretty thorough. Thank you. Now if you have a few hours, I’d like to talk to you about cloth diapers.
3. Are you starting with Episode IV or Episode I? There’s only one answer to that question.
4. Original or special edition? This one is a bit trickier. We might just go with the original, but whatever we go with, you can be sure we’ll be watching the original ending of Return of the Jedi to shield him from the horrors of George Lucas’s revisions.
5. Have a cookie. Thank you, don’t mind if I do.
6. I bet your toddler loves having a predictable routine. He sure does, especially since said routine involves streaking across the house to the William Tell Overture.
7. You often follow safety guidelines to the letter? That’s so…safe. It sure is. And always remember, always take your baby out of his sling before you place him near an open flame.
8. You can have a disability and still be a good parent. I agree.
9. Your kids will probably be more accepting of people who are different. I hope so.
10. I’ve got your back. Thank you. Back at ya.