This wasn’t the topic I was going to write about this week, but when an opportunity comes along it’s important to be able to shift gears. So, here we go…
It’s all about confidence this week and while I write a lot about how we need to parent our children with confidence, we don’t always have that confidence when we find out our child is deaf or hard of hearing.
It’s not that we need to react to a diagnosis by parenting differently, but for so many of us it’s the fear of the unknown and what kind of path there is going to be for our child to follow.
So, I want to highlight a video that was passed onto me by a friend, Karen Putz. Karen is an amazing person, and it is not too hard to see where her daughter, Lauren, gets her strength and determination from.
Lauren has been deaf since the age of four. I don’t want to give too much away, but in this video she addresses the emotions she went through as a child about her deafness and how it has become something that she is proud of as she has moved into young adulthood. She talks about role models and attitude and all that stuff that as parents we need to be sure our children are exposed to.
To paraphrase Lauren, “it does no good to pretend that I am hearing”, but it does do a lot of good to become comfortable with who you are. (You can also read more about Lauren here.)