I recently asked readers what questions they might have. Here are two great questions:
1. What advice would you give on how curb their (children) curiosity without coming off as being rude or disrespectful?
For the most part, we can tell when people are asking out of curiosity and have no disdain in their hearts. When people have come up to us with their “hat in hand” and asked if they could ask a question, it is much better received.
Kids are always going to be curious. It’s how they learn. It’s the parents’ job to teach them how to handle that curiosity. It sounds like you guys are doing well. 🙂 Children’s curiosity is one reason why I wrote Sienna’s Locket. I feel that it is our duty as humans to use the experiences we’ve been through to help others. The idea behind the series is to help children see that we are all different and that it’s a very good thing. We are all “beautifully and wonderfully made.” So, to answer your question about how to help quench children’s curiosity, I would suggest you help them look at that person’s difference and see how it could be a benefit to them. This will also help them as they age and they begin to see what they perceive as their own faults. Hope this helps! 🙂
2. What is the most worrisome part for you about Sienna’s disorder?
We look at the medical differences that Sienna has, we look at them more like challenges rather than disorders. We do, however, are most concerned with the unknown. We don’t focus on it, but we’re not denying it either. There is little information on Sienna’s Dandy Walker or her Primordial Dwarfism. So, we try to participate in medical discoveries when possible. We plan for both possible futures that Sienna may have. We tell her to shoot for the moon and focus on helping her reach her potential–whatever that may be.