How to make a child comfortable around those that are different from them
March 2, 2007 10:14 AM Subscribe
How do I expose my 2 1/2 year old son to people who have handicaps, or chronic illnesses like CP or MS?
posted by MrMulan to human relations (32 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I remember my mom taking me to her nursing home when I was younger, and am very glad she did. I also remember most of the patients/residents were extremely happy to see me.
I would like to hear from people who grew up with somebody with a chronic illness, or somebody who was fine and then became ill. Before my mom started taking me to the nursing home, I remember visiting my grandfather who had a stroke and tormenting him, and generally being a dick with with my other cousins. I think I was either 4 or 6. I still feel like a dick for doing that.
I don't really like the insert childrens' book series/television program here that deals with this for one token episode.
Are there any books/programs with recurring characters with disabilities? Can I take him anywhere? Can I volunteer somewhere with him?