Who are you guys?

For the moment, this is what we’re sharing about ourselves.


Do your kids know about this?



What do they think?

Well, in the first place, they’re now in their 20s, so they don’t really think that much about what we do. But as we noted above, they have seen it … and they think it’s funny. In the second place, they completely understand why we are doing this – to provide support, encouragement, humor and long-term perspective to parents/caregivers. And in the third place, they know this is payback, and that they owe us big-time.


Who is “Jimmy?”

Jimmy is a composite with a combination of many of the issues we’ve seen, plus a few extra issues thrown in for good measure. We’re exhausted just thinking about it.


What do you mean by “issues?” And doesn’t everyone have “issues,” anyway?

We don’t want to define what are and are not “issues;” indeed, everyone does have issues, and everyone might define what that means differently. It’s like the Supreme Court Justice who said, “I know it when I see it.” But in general, the things we’re addressing in our video and blog might include, among other things, ADD, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, school refusal, depression, anxiety, social/emotional challenges, behavioral issues … and then there are the issues the kids might have, too. (Just kidding! Well, not really, but that’s another blog post.)


I don’t have a child with issues, but I think this is all caused by laziness/lax parenting/poor diet/overdiagnosing/etc., and I want to offer my advice. 

Great! Please send your unsolicited advice on raising kids with issues you’ve never dealt with to thisisnotarealemail@marthaandruth.com. Please note that there may be a delay in responding, since we do get so much of this.


I do have a child with issues, and would like to be interviewed and/or contribute my story and experiences for this blog and your upcoming book.

Great! Well, obviously, it’s not great that your child is struggling, but we value your participation and very much want to increase the conversation around this topic. You can contact us here. You will also find a list of questions that you can answer (as many or as few as you would like) or use as writing prompts.