When your child notices Mia’s leopard leg, or the man in a wheelchair, the lady with a cane, the child with a walking frame, please don’t shush them, drag them away, or pretend you can’t hear their questions. Answer them, as best as you can. If you shy away, your kids will do the same, they will learn that asking innocent questions that deserve an honest answer, shouldn’t be asked. They will learn it’s just easier to stay away.
So use us as a learning tool. Show your kids Mia’s Facebook & Instagram pages. Use us as your conversation starter, to explain that the world is beautiful because of all the differences that exist. Teach them how boring it would be if we were all the same! How wonderful individuality truly is!
Mia once said, “why is that man in the wheelchair?” I simply explained that like she has her leg to help her walk, he uses a wheelchair to get around from place to place. If kids ask me about Mia’s leg, I say things like, “you know how people have glasses to help them see, Mia wears her leg to help her walk, so she can play like you!” As soon as I answer their questions they usually just carry on with their day. It’s the kids that hang out on the sideline staring, the ones I see tugging at their parents arm, then pointing over at Mia, who don’t get the honest answer and then continue to stare.
I know it’s embarrassing at times, it can be difficult to know what to say, you don’t have to know the ins and outs of a persons diagnosis, or condition to answer honestly though. So just do your best. Mia and others are counting on you to teach this lesson to your kids (and anyone around you), so that they can grow up in a community, a world 🌍, that is diverse & inclusive 🤝Xx - 2 minutes ago