Having A Child With Down Syndrome, Part LXXII: Fluctuating Standards

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Time vanishes when you’re a parent. When you’re a parent of a child with special needs, you go into time deficit. So we’ve had a set of standards that have moved over time. Initially we lived with “In this house, we have the barest trappings of civilization.” Over time we’ve been slowly raising the bar. These days, the mantra is “In this house, we have a modicum of civilization.

Here are a few examples:

Bickering Not OK
Saying ‘please’ OK
Declaring the meal ‘disgusting’ Not OK
Doing a ‘one-cheek-sneak’ OK, but only if you say “excuse me moi”

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