Monday, August 4, 2014

Ten Things Every Baby with Down syndrome wishes you knew

Dear Mom or Dad,

1.     I am a person first. Down syndrome does not define who I am or what I can grow up to become.

2.    I am happy with my life. I like who I am and I like the way I look. I am proud of who I am. You are proud of me too. If you haven’t gotten there yet, don’t worry, you will.

3.     Dancing is most likely going to be a big part of our life now.

4.    It is okay for me to have other friends with Down syndrome. It is okay for me to have friends that don’t have a disability too. I need a healthy social life.

5.    I may take longer to learn some things but I will pretty much want a boyfriend or girlfriend around the same time as the other kids at my school.

6.    Speaking of school, I can go to college if I choose. Believe in me. Challenge me. Include me. Don’t give up on my education.

7.    I know you want to protect me from anything that can harm me but sometimes I need to learn lessons the hard way. It is a part of growing up. Help me learn my lessons in a safe environment. When I want to do something, Let me try. If I can’t do it, I will figure that out on my own.

8.    I really need you to be my advocate. This world is still not as accepting of me as I wish it were. I will need you to stand up for me until I am viewed as an equal.

9.    I am a productive member of society. I want to give back to the community and I am depending on you to help me realize my strengths and showcase them. I deserve every opportunity to be my best self.

10.  I know that you are dedicating everything you have to making the world a better place for me. I also need you to take care of yourself. I need you to be the best you can be and set a positive example for how to live my life when I am your age. Connect with other parents that have a child with Down syndrome. You are part of a very special and lucky group of people now…

Thank you for being my parent. This is really going to be great!



Your child

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