That might seem obvious, but I've encountered parents who’ve done so - and even filmed me, too.
But these are a tiny minority, so let's move on...
It's rude. Of course, they're little kids and I don't really mind if they’re young, but you've got to tell them sometime, right?
No time like the present, innit… 😉
Kids usually get it pretty swiftly and go back to talking about cool stuff like dragons and superheroes.
Read the situation. If it feels awkward, don’t push...
Also, it can't be on us alone to educate your kids about difference. That’s your job…
But right now it's not really about you.
It's about how we feel - sometimes it's cool, sometimes on a tough day it grates a bit or tires us - and how you can teach your child.
When talking to kids about being different, I like to get down to their eye level, if I'm not already (depends on their age).
I think it creates a connection and lets me see if they process what I’m saying.
Then I ask them theirs.
I ask them how old they are.
I tell them I'm 32.
This helps to solidify the idea in their head that I am a person and a small *adult* (the beard helps too!).
I tell them we’re all different, in some way, and
I point out other differences between us – our hair colour, maybe, or our trainers.
I ask them if they think the world would be boring if we all looked the same.
They nearly always agree that it would.
I say goodbye or see you later, give them a wink or a smile, and get back to my day…
But I always hope that, next time they see someone with #dwarfism, it’ll all seem a little bit more familiar & okay.
Hopefully, they might even talk to them about dragons or superheroes too.