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Authors say parents should lower their expectations

Gina Gallagher and Patty Konjoian are leaders of what they call "The Movement of Imperfection."

The two Massachusetts sisters have written a book called Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid.

Both are parents of special needs children.

The book offers tips about raising kids who aren't perfect in a world that's preoccupied with perfection.

"Parents need to let go of the expectations of the reality of who their children are," said Gallagher.

"And also use laughter as a healthy coping mechanism. And when that fails, you can drink wine," said Konjoian.

Gallagher has a daughter with Asperger's and another daughter with a language-based disability. Konjoian's daughter is bipolar and her son has an attention-deficit disorder.

"It's never making fun of children. It's making fun of the perfection standards of our society today and how ridiculous they are," Gallagher said of the book.

The sisters believe laughter is the best medicine.

"They teach us to appreciate the things in life that other people take for granted," said Konjoian. "So when one of our children accomplishes something that might seem small to someone else, we know and understand the gravity of it."

And when that happens, they say it's important for parents to brag about their imperfect child.

"Letting go of the expectations and loving their children for who they are," said Gallagher.

"And just being honest, because we do have issues," added Konjoian.

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