“Oh, he’s so precious!”


That’s exactly how someone recently described Max. Who is 7 years old.
I know she meant well, but it seemed really derogatory to me. It’s something you’d say about a baby, not a boy.

Max may seem younger than his years—because he can’t quite talk, because he is actually small and because he still has infantile needs, like having to be fed. But I so want people to treat Max like a 7-year-old. I want him to feel like a big boy, and I want him to not feel different than other kids.

Maybe I’m just being oversensitive about the words, as I sometimes can be, but I think the larger issue at hand is very real. People tend to baby kids with special needs. They deserve to be treated like kids.

Do you guys deal with this?

Ellen blogs daily at Love That Max

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