The former Alaska governor and VP candidate sat down with PEOPLE on Nov. 14 to answer some reader questions.
As a military wife, and mother of two special-needs children, I wonder what you can recommend to keep my sanity during the long deployments with two children who are very trying at times. – Erin Pruneda, Ft Campbell, Ky.
Oh, man. That just gives me goosebumps. See, these gals have it so much tougher than I did. Looking back 18,19 years ago, when Track and Bristol were tiny, and Todd would be on the slope [oil fields], there were some days I felt sorry for myself. I had nothing to whine about when I compare that situation to the military wives and husbands whose spouses are deployed. The sanity is sweat – going out for a walk or a run and taking the kids with you so that they realize that these fun physical activities are good for them, too.
Thunk! (sound of my forehead hitting the desk)
Really? This is the answer you give this woman? Really? You recommend that a parent with two special needs children take them out running with you? That was the best you could come up with? No suggestions on seeking outside resources to get help? No suggestions to find a sitter to give yourself a night off once in a while? No suggestions of groups designed to help special needs families? No suggestions to ask the family doctor for suggestions or ideas where she can get help?
Telling this woman to go running and take her special needs kids with her is the best you can do?