What people with Down syndrome can teach us about living in the moment

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  • Living in GA Carrollton, GA
    March 18, 2019 1:25 p.m.

    If you have the privilege, like I do, of raising a child who has down syndrome, your life will be better in every way. This experience takes adjustments in thinking and shifts in parenting style. But, you realize quickly that there is a beautiful part of life you would never have known if your child did not join your family. Your child will hold your hand and walk down that path with you and teach you along the way. Your child will teach you how good humanity can be and how to bring the goodness out in others. I was scared, hesitant, insecure, and self-centered in the beginning, almost numb. But my son has brought a pure joy into my life, the lives of our other six children, and the lives of so many others. If you are blessed with a child who has down syndrome, you too will become one of the lucky few and you too will have joy you didn't know was possible.

  • citygrrl SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 18, 2019 1:04 p.m.

    Kudos to the LDS Church for helping their members with Down's Syndrome children.

    What about the families with Down's Syndrome children who are not LDS but live in states where terminating a pregnancy is illegal if a prenatal test reveals the presence of these disabilities? If the state is going to tell parents they must carry their child to term the state should pitch in with support. A family shouldn't have to wait years for respite help -- although in fairness to social services perhaps it's hard to find respite care givers. I also know that young people with Down's receive an extra three years of secondary education to learn life skills. I'm happy to have my tax money go to such programs but overall the recently proposed legislation sounds like an unfunded mandate for families.

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  • Latter-daySaintForever St. George, UT
    March 15, 2019 9:36 a.m.

    Beautiful children.

  • neece Hyde Park, UT
    March 15, 2019 8:17 a.m.

    I love this story! I have a cousin that is now in his sixties and still going strong, it was amazing all the things he could do. He loved building things so his parents made sure he had what ever he needed to build what he wanted in the whole basement. I think there tends to be a "stigma" about things that are different. We think we are at fault for having down's kids... a punishment... I think we were afraid of something that was Not the "norm". I also want to send Kudos especially to Lee's Market for employing a lot of "down's" kids. They are happy, fun and excited because they aren't separated from the world. And they are earning a paycheck, just like anyone else trying to earn a living.