November 6th, 2012

Accepting Difference Including When a Child is a Prodigy

Jane Brody in this NY Times article titled “Embracing Children for Who They Are” looks at how families cope when one of their children is “different”. Here’s an excerpt:

“One persuasive voice for differences in children and how families must adapt better is Andrew Solomon, author of an ambitious new book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, published this month by Scribner. Mr. Solomon, a gay man who has fathered four children, one of whom he is raising with his husband, has explored in depth the challenges and rewards of family diversity.

Mr. Solomon, who has written articles for The Times, interviewed more than 300 families, most of whom have successfully raised children who are deaf, dwarfs, autistic, schizophrenic, transgender, are prodigies or have Down syndrome, as well as those who were conceived in rape or became criminals.

He makes a strong case for accepting one’s children for who they are and, at the same time, helping them become the best they can be.”

The complete article is here.

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