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Terri Mauro

Invite Your Thoughtless Kinfolk to Eat Crow on Turkey Day

By November 15, 2012

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CursingHard to believe, I know, but Thanksgiving is one week from today. The fourth Thursday of the month comes early if the month starts on a Thursday, and so that day we've been pushing to the back of our minds is now pushing its way forward. Time to gather up your Family Gathering Survival Kit, read up on dealing with toxic relatives, print out some warning labels to pin on your kid, and formulate your escape plan. Yet no matter how prepared you are for that time spent with extended family, it's pretty certain that some alleged loved one or other will give you an unwanted and ill-informed piece of advice, dismiss your child's disabilities or abilities, point out your parenting flaws, and otherwise turn your defensiveness dial to 11. Since you're unlikely to get a spontaneous apology from folks who don't get what they did wrong in the first place, I've added a "Family Member Apology Template for Cruel and Clueless Conversation" to the celebrity, teacher, and IEP team member entries in my apology template round-up. Print a few out and bring them to Thanksgiving dinner -- then give those "Say WHAT?" relatives something to think about. (Feel free to circle the right answers in advance.)

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