[BQ Hero Series] Your Child is Not the Problem, with Jonathan Mooney

Welcome to the Bright & Quirky Hero Series, a series of vlogs celebrating the bright and quirky adults who set the example of neurodiverse flourishing. Share these inspiring videos with friends and family who need to hear these messages of hope and thriving.

We kick off the series with Jonathan Mooney, dyslexic author of Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn and Thrive Outside the Lines, who wants you to know that your child is not the problem.

The problem is a myth in our culture that we should all be the same. The problem is how we define intelligence and who the “good kids” are.

According to Jonathan, what kids need to do is not fix themselves, but rather, to advocate for themselves. Be the person who challenges this myth on your child’s behalf. Fight for the right to be different.

Take a listen.

If you enjoyed this vlog and wish to go deeper, check out Bright & Quirky’s upcoming free masterclass, Unlimited Possibilities: Learn the proven step-by-step plan to help your bright child thrive, even with learning, social, emotional or behavioral challenges.


  1. JS on September 17, 2021 at 6:23 am

    Enjoyed the first vlog in the “Hero” series, so excited for what is to come! 🙂

  2. L on September 17, 2021 at 7:20 am

    This was wonderful. Much love to him.

  3. Sue on September 17, 2021 at 8:34 am

    This was great!

  4. Lata on September 17, 2021 at 8:50 am

    I was that kid. Lol. Took me a long time to advocate for myself and I am still on that journey.

  5. Lauren on September 17, 2021 at 10:03 am

    An amazing voice for neurodiversity. Thank you, Jonathan Mooney, for your courage, conviction, and tireless work for the positive change our students deserve!

  6. Marie on September 17, 2021 at 10:22 am

    As a parent , I needed to hear this because I often have think my son is lazy and stupid because he is not acting the way I did. That is so wrong. Thank you

  7. Robin on September 19, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    I love this so much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I needed to hear this message today, as back-to-school has been an emotional rollercoaster.

    And shout out to his mom, from another short mom who curses a lot! I hate to think how many kids have parents who don’t realize that their child is not the problem. I never cursed in the principal’s office, but in retrospect it probably wouldn’t have been a bad thing to let some anger fly back when my 2e/ASD son was in kindergarten, and we didn’t yet know what was underneath his struggles. We’re now in a different school and in a different program, but I still get angry thinking about how staff attributed his behavior to the wrong things – even after his diagnosis.

  8. Kim Wells on September 20, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Great message about advocating instead of fixing!

  9. Lorri Gardner on October 8, 2021 at 5:49 am

    This message is perfect. Why are the systems that are in place to educate and socialize our kids so resistant to change? We fight for our right to inform and bring awareness everyday to the general public and to the educators who should have more emphasis during their training on our “Bright and Quirky “. We try hard to empower our little person to say things like “ I need my headphones, quite time”. Whatever her coping mechanism is for the situation , we encourage her to speak out .

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