Teaching your child about disabilities, and how it’s essential before they begin school.

It’s August, the end of the summer holidays is nigh, and while most of us seasoned parents can’t wait for school to start-up again, for those first time parents of school going kids it’s a scary new world.

The other day I decided to do up a post on our Instagram and Facebook pages, about the importance of teaching your children about kids with disabilities before they start school.

You can read that here.

And rather than make it a long-winded post, I said that I would leave that for the blog.

One of my biggest fears for Noah when he started school, was not only how he would get on but how would other kids perceive him, would he make friends or get bullied, the questions I asked myself were endless.

One part of having a child that has an obvious disability is unfortunately having to deal with the curiosity of strangers, and while that doesn’t affect me much anymore, at the beginning it was something I struggled to understand, so when I was sending Noah off into school all by himself naturally I was petrified.

But, it didn’t take me long to figure out, that it wasn’t the kids I had to be concerned with, after all that’s the beauty of children, they question, they accept and then they move on, adults on the other hand can be harder to deal with.

You see it all stemmed from a supermarket trip, a young boy being curious (as they always are) asked his Mam why Noah was in a wheelchair, and instead of simply answering the question his Mam went the colour of a beetroot and rushed away, hauling her child behind her before he could ask any more questions.

And that was a eureka moment for me!

I realised it was the way adults were educating their children around disabilities that was causing the issues I was worried he would face in school.

I know that changing everyone’s views on disabilities is impossible, we learnt that the hard way this year when Noah was the only child excluded from a birthday party.

But if I can help some parents to educate their kids that disability or another child being different is not a bad thing, then that’s my job done.

We need to raise our children to have empathy for others, allow them to ask the questions and give them honest answers and most importantly that kids with disabilities can be their friends if they want.

It really is that simple.

So as I said in my short post, the power to educate our kids when it comes to disabilities is in our hands (the adults/their parents).

There truly is no time like the present, show them videos or pictures of kids with different disabilities and explain that everyone is different and that of course that’s perfectly ok.

Please start now.

All our love

Our Wheely Big Journey

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