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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Yeesh! Why is everything such a big deal to some people?

Saw this article posted on a message board I visit. It's about a woman getting a negative reaction from some parents because she was born with one hand instead of two and is on a children's program.


How do you explain a missing hand to a child?


Once again, I should clarify that I have no children and to some that means I'm not allowed an opinion. Too bad. :) I remember meeting people who dealt with various disabilities as a kid and I'm hardly scarred by it. We knew people with missing fingers, a missing arm, etc. One of my father's cousins has Down's Syndrome and his niece and nephews grew up with him in the house like he was an older brother. My parents explained these things to us in simple terms -- He lost his finger in a factory accident. He lost his arm in a car accident. That was enough for us and we moved on. It REALLY isn't a big deal and will help kids to understand that people can look different but still be able to do what everyone else does.

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3 Comments:

  • At 6:52 PM, Blogger Rachel S said…

    I think it's a good thing. Not everyone looks exactly the same. But almost everyone is worth knowing.

     
  • At 8:25 PM, Blogger Faith Ann said…

    I think it would be nice to promote discussions like that at home, rather than in public for the first time. Children tend to ask questions very loudly and usually without much tact in public and you don`t want them to hurt someone`s feelings.

    I`d much rather him see someone with a disability and learn that they are a normal person who can do the same things he can do so he won`t be scared or intimidated.

    I really don`t think it`s a big issue.

     
  • At 6:07 AM, Blogger Chiloe said…

    One of my nephew was born with half a hand. People look anyway ... I remembered going to the grocery store with Pierre's hair half missing from the chemio. People would stare at him ...

     

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