I would pity Y as well because she obviously does not know the joy that a lot of kids with downs bring to their parents and the world in general. Obviously your daughter can see that, which is great!
I agree, I seriously would have made her get out and walk, and tell her I wouldn’t want anything to do with her. I can’t stand people with those kind of attitudes.
The play date will still go ahead, when the weather clears up of course. It just makes me more determined to encourage her behaviour and attitudes especially as Y is an influentional person in DD1's life. I have even been tempted to write the school and thank them for helping to encourage a more accepting and compassionate society after this incident.
I am angry for you, I am appauled at Y's comments. Shame on him/her.
I go to the library pretty much every day to use the internet and have to take Nathan, a lot of the time they have children/teen (and even some adults) with special neesd (a lot of them with Down's) from the local special development school, they love Nathan, always talking to him etc. It's great. He always sees this teenager there with Downs who loves Thomas the tank so they talk for ages and watch Youtube together
Last edited by mum2bubba; 01-06-2012 at 16:03.
I was raised with a brother who has severe cerebral palsy ( he was adopted after my parents saw an add in the paper asking for foster parents for him as his real mother did not want him ! ) a cousin who was deaf and autistic & another cousin who was also deaf. I can honestly say it was the best environment to grow up in, my sister and I grew up understanding everyone is different in their own way, not better or worse, just different.
In later years my father came out as being gay, because of our upbringing and knowing people were all different it meant we we also better able to understand that situation and were fine with it
It makes me sick that people are still so closed minded and sadly I have come to realize a lot of my friends were like Y and removing them from my life has been the best thing i could have done
I'm so not surprised by Ys reaction but I'm also disgusted too!!
OP - you have done a great thing by organizing the play date and I hope there are many more
you handled it alot better then i would have.. i would have told Y that we were no longer friends. Its that sort of attitude that makes things for children who need that little bit of more help a bit harder. there the ones who ***** to the teachers principals.
GOOD on your DD!! is a proud moment for you specially how she put it
hope they have a ball on their playdate!!
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