Sunday, October 7, 2012

31 for 21: DAY 7 :: Myth Buster

Whoever told you that people with Down syndrome are always happy was apparently NOT in the grocery store with us a few weeks ago ... when I literally left about $150 worth of groceries right in the middle of one of the aisles and ran out with my screaming and kicking 2 year old.  Yep, that's right folks.  Believe it or not, Jack cries, just like any other 2 year old. 

So, I want to take this opportunity to dispel a myth that I hear a lot about people with Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome Fact of the Day #7:

People with Down syndrome are NOT always happy!

Individuals with Down syndrome have feelings just like everyone else in the population.  They respond to positive expressions of friendship, and they are hurt and upset by inconsiderate behavior. 

While Jack is generally a very happy child who smiles and giggles A LOT, he definitely still gets upset at times (and moreso recently since he's at the fun age of 2!  Ha!  ;)  We are very grateful and blessed that Jack has such a great happy-go-lucky demeanor.  However, we want others aware that he is also vulnerable and impressionable just like any other child, and thus he too is capable of having his feelings hurt. 

My sad face :(
Now, this is more like it!  :)

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