STFU Parents: Parents Who Get Explosively Angry About Fourth Of July Fireworks Need To Chill

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4. Generation Sensitivity


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According to the internet, SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) “is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses.” To put it in different terms, “at least 1 in 20 children’s daily lives is affected by SPD,” and a 2009 study “suggests that 1 in every 6 children experiences sensory symptoms that may be significant enough to affect aspects of everyday life functions.” Those are pretty high statistics. And considering my reaction to all the excessively loud motorbikes in my neighborhood, and my desire to have an excuse to write off everything in the world that I find annoying, I think I might even classify myself as SPD!

And yet, I can still enjoy fireworks, OR wear noise-canceling headphones, which by the way were not only manufactured for children with SPD. Sometimes people just don’t like noise. And sometimes on the Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve, that noise happens anyway, and we will all just live with it. In the wise words of Prince, “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” Let’s stop treating our kids like they’re so sensitive their heads are going to roll off. We’re all dealing with shit and most of us are going to survive.

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