You might have a difficult child if...

Discussion in 'General Parenting Archives' started by tiredmommy, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Well-Known Member have no less than three doctor's numbers programmed on your phone.
    ...the last book you had time to read was titled "Wall Repair for Dummies" . no longer answer the phone during school hours.

    Anyone got anything else to add?

  2. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts

    ... crisis team is in your auto dial.

    ... you've redefined emergencies to profuse bleeding or loss of limb. (Anyone can handle projectile vomiting & fevers.)

    ... you're best of pals with the local pharmacist.
  3. KimmieC

    KimmieC New Member

    ....your on a first name basis with the principal and social worker at the school
  4. Sunlight

    Sunlight Active Member have holes in your doors and walls have a home safe have unknowingly stored illegal drugs in your home
  5. Janna

    Janna New Member know the psychiatrist's phone number by heart're in your early 30's and your hair is already grey (and NOBODY else in your family has grey hair, not even older relatives)

    ...your library consists of educational material on mental illness and treatments

    ...all your tools are rusted from being left outside "accidentally" for weeks (had to add that one in TM, you didn't :wink: )
  6. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    The pharmacist looks at you with pity in his eyes and always gives you difficult child's medications even if the prescription has run out.

    The teacher always apologizes for burdening you with one more problem.

    Your sisters are afraid to babysit.

    Medical emergencies are a walk in the park.

    There is a huge difference in the tension level when difficult child finally falls asleep.

    The dog shivers and pees on the floor when difficult child rages.
  7. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts

    ... you bake cookies for respite team to ensure a respite spot monthly.

    ... you invite CM over for St. Patrick's Day drink & he accepts. OMG!

    ... given the lack of privacy, you schedule your yearly pap & mammogram around everyone else's schedule.

    ... Local police stop in & ask for an updated picture of your difficult child.
  8. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    You know what an IEP and Wright's law is before your difficult child is in kindergarten.
    You learn to grocery shop, clean house and read after difficult child falls asleep.
    You have a tremor of fear when difficult child is invited to a sleep over or birthday party.

    A vacation is when difficult child is sick in bed with a fever.
  9. Genny

    Genny Worlds Best Nana know most of the local police force by name, consider your time at the weekly support group "socializing",

    ...the few friends you have call and want to make plans, but alwys have an excuse when you invite them to *your* house.
  10. ChefPaula1965

    ChefPaula1965 Oh my aching back!!

    ........... when the school calls and you answer "what did he do this time"? before even saying hello.....
    ......... sibling rivalry has a different meaning when difficult child is involved
    ........ you feel guilty for being glad difficult child is not home....
  11. tracya

    tracya New Member

    ....Your bedroom door has a padlock on it.
  12. Kathy813

    Kathy813 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    . . . you are looking forward to an empty nest.

  13. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Well-Known Member

    ...You can recite the DSM criteria for several disorders like regular parents recite Dr Seuss.
  14. Janna

    Janna New Member

    ...all that you have in your living room is a TV, a sofa and ONE lamp. NO end tables/knick knacks or valuables :rolleyes:
  15. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Well-Known Member

    ..You give a knowing smile and encouragement to the struggling mom of a raging child in Walmart while the other customers give dirty looks.
  16. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member

    ...or you rip apart the cashier at Walmart for criticizing the mother in front of you after she walks away with that screaming kid.
  17. Kiara

    Kiara New Member

    You are stoppped in the supermarket by another mom for referrals to psychiatrist, therapist, etc....

    You can name in one breath professionals NOT to take a child to....

    You have a "quirky" sense of humor (we still have to laugh don't we) :thumbs up:
  18. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    You have to frequently hang up the telephone because difficult child won't leave you alone.

    You have therapist, psychiatrist, & pediatrician numbers memorized.

    Your on spring break and can't wait to go back to work.

    You count the hours till he'll be asleep.
  19. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Well-Known Member

    ...You and husband finally get some much needed respite away from difficult child and alone with each other and all you do is fall asleep.
  20. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    You know you are the mother of a difficult child when your head explodes as one more 30 yr old yuppie with a new born tells you how awful it is that people drug their children.