Down Syndrome: A Big Sister’s Thoughts #WDSD14

A big thanks to my daughter Becca for guesting posting and sharing her thoughts on Down Syndrome.

Hi I’m Becca.

I’m 13 years old and I would like to share some of my thoughts about Down Syndrome and tell you about my little brother Jack because he’s the best!

Down Syndrome: A Big Sister’s Thoughts #WDSD14

Jack is one of the best things that has happened to our family because he has taught us to be more gentle with our lives. This little guy can just cheer up your whole day more than ever by just seeing him smile or giggle. But not many of my friends understand Down Syndrome.

Down Syndrome: A Big Sister’s Thoughts #WDSD14

Not everybody understands that he is a little slower at things than most kids his age. Things that most kids are doing when they are almost 2 years old, Jack can’t do. My friends just don’t understand that, I guess you have to experience it to fully understand. My friends question me about Jack not being able to walk or crawl perfectly and I think maybe it was because they didn’t know he had Down Syndrome. I have to explain. For example, the other day someone mentioned to me that Jack was too old to be breastfeeding and he should be able to drink from a cup. They didn’t understand that he is getting therapy to teach him how to drink from a cup. They didn’t understand that he has been in therapy for a really long time to teach him to eat off of a spoon. It’s taken a lot of work – this stuff is not easy. I actually have to explain every single time they question me about why Jack is a little different. But that’s okay. I guess it’s a good way to teach them about people who have Down Syndrome.

I’m not really sure if they completely understand but I am proud to have Jack in our family and I don’t mind explaining over and over so people can understand Down Syndrome a little more. I want my friends to know that a kid with Down Syndrome is no different than we are, but they just do things a little slower than we do. But they are the same. We have the same feelings and we all need to be treated the same.

Down Syndrome: A Big Sister’s Thoughts #WDSD14

Ever since Jack has been born, he has been the sweetest little boy I have ever seen.  Every time I invite my friends over, they can’t stop holding him or looking and talking to him. They absolutely love him. When I send pictures to my friends of Jack, all of my friends show their moms and the mom’s love him even though they haven’t even met him. He really attracts so much love!

LOTS OF SOCKS for World Down Syndrome

World Down Syndrome International is trying to create a global voice on March 21st by advocating for people with Down Syndrome so they launched LOTS OF SOCKS. On March 21st, wear LOTS OF SOCKS to get people talking about World Down Syndrome Day and to raise Down Syndrome awareness. Do not wear just any socks, but crazy mismatched socks. Me and my family participated last year and so did YOU! Lots of friends and fans posted their crazy socks (in honor of Baby Jack) to the WE HAVE IT ALL Facebook Fan Page. It was so touching to see the photos come in all day long! Don’t forget to wear crazy socks on Friday and share your pictures on our FB page! 

 

Do you know someone who has Down Syndrome?

How have they changed your life?

 

We Have It All

Comments

  1. Becca, thank you for sharing your love and your heart for your brother Jack. He is very lucky to have your in his life.

    • Becca!!!! I couldn’t have said it better myself!!! This is a wonderful article. You explained about Down Syndrome perfectly!!! I loved your article. I kept reading different parts of your article to Grandpa. Grandpa and I love you guys very, very much. All of you take such good care of Jack….helping mom and mike, as much as you do. Grandma loves you!!!!

  2. awww this is wonderful. You may be proud of Jack but I bet he’s proud of you. He is so lucky to have such an amazing big sister in his corner who understands him and knows his capabilities. I bet you’re mama is so proud of you both!

  3. Oh Becca, this is such a wonderful post. I can just feel the love that you have for Jack. You are an amazing big sister. My kids and I will be wearing lots of socks on Friday!

  4. Thank you for sharing your story!! You’re such an awesome big sister, and it’s wonderful that you’re able to help educate your friends about Down Syndrome! I’m wearing mismatched socks right now haha I’ll definitely wear crazy socks again on the 21st!

  5. Becca – You have a beautiful soul and Baby Jack is so lucky to have you as a big sister. I am one of those people that finds joy just in seeing pictures of Jack. His smile is infectious and can totally brighten my day when I am feeling down. I am so proud of you for explaining to your friends what makes Jack different, but also what makes him the same. Keeping being awesome.

  6. What a great post Becca! I love that you the the time to educate people about Down’s Syndrome. Jack is very lucky to have you as his big sister

  7. What a wonderful big sister you are, Becca! Jack is very blessed to have such wonderful family members who love him so much and want to help others be more aware of Down Syndrome. I’ll be wearing my mismatched socks on Friday!

  8. Jack is absolutely blessed to have you in his life to advocate for him! I am so proud that you are educating those around you instead of fighting hate with hate. We love seeing Jack grow and will definitely be wearing crazy socks on Friday to show our support <3

  9. I loved reading your love for your baby brother. Such powerful words from such a young lady. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Jack is blessed to have such a wonderful family.

  10. As a mother this post brought tears to my eyes. But not because your Jack can’t do things like other children yet. I didn’t see the down syndrome in this post. I saw a very poised, grown up, and very loving sister. I saw something the world needs more of! Patience and caring.
    You are very blessed Danielle. In so many ways.
    Thank you Becca for sharing your words, and your voice to Down Syndrome. By understanding your friends don’t know the differences you are a wonderful advocate for your brother. Such gorgeous words, feelings, and pictures.

  11. Yes, my cousin has Downs. Her parents raised her to be independent and that she was no different than anyone else – and she got married recently.

    Becca, you are very grown up for a 13 year old.

  12. You’re a pretty awesome chick, Becca! I’m proud of you for raising awareness and teaching others just how amazing Jack is! The photos are beautiful.

  13. How awesome are you!? What a great cause for something that needs to raise awareness.

  14. I adore your little Jack. I had a soft spot for him from moment one because I have my own little Jack…and the two are the most adorable Jacks EVER. I think one of Gods greatest gifts to the world are children with that extra chromosome. They teach us so much about love and laughter and remind us to live in each moment <3

    Jacks lucky to have a loving big sister like you!

  15. This is a wonderful post! You are an amazing big sister!

  16. Roxanne D says:

    What a wonderful big sis you are! The more you teach your friends about Down’s, the more they will know and can teaxh others. Jack is such a sweet little boy and lucky to have you there for him!

  17. Becca you are a wonderful advocate for Jack, and an awesome ambassador for Down Syndrome. Such wisdom at your age is remarkable. Thanks for sharing. I now you make your Mama proud!

  18. This Is PRICELESS I Love Your Posts They Are So Heart Warming!!

  19. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    This is so sweet, Becca, and also educational. Not everyone understands Down Syndrome. Jack is very lucky to have a big sister like you.

  20. I absolutely love the pictures. I love the way he looks at Becca! LOVE IT! Great read!

  21. Unconditional Love! That is what a child like Jack gives,

  22. What a sweet post! A sister’s love is a great thing. Explaining over and over again takes a lot of patience, but it will make a huge difference in how someone else understands down syndrome and other differences.

  23. Thanks for sharing this, Becca! You seem like a wonderful sister. Thank you for raising awareness and advocating for Jack, and for Down’ Syndrome.

  24. Hearing this from her perspective was just so heartwarming and dear. Her love for her little brother is more than apparent and so touching! I love how how patient she is with explaining to her friends. :)

  25. My daughter is special needs, and her classmate who endears me the most is a little girl with Downs Syndrome. She’s a big hugger :)

  26. I actually have never had the pleasure of meeting someone w/ down syndrome, but you are right, they can do all things ~!

  27. Becca you’re a GREAT sister! Your patience and love is really inspiring. I grew up with a learning disabled brother too, and you’re right. People don’t understand, and they don’t understand that it’s just not easy. Just keep explaining – you never know who you’ll touch with Jack’s story.

  28. what a sweet story, what a sweet daughter you have. What a blessing that she is so helpful and loving. I love the picture of the baby looking up at his big sister. You are so blessed.

  29. A beautiful post written by a wonderful loving sister. I am heading to Lots of Socks to check it out! A great cause!

  30. What a sweet sister! Love seeing beautiful sibling relationships!

  31. Wow! Your brother Jack looks like such a cutie. He and you are lucky to have each other. He’s lucky because he has your love. What an amazing young lady…to be able to express yourself with such gentleness and clarity. You are lucky because you have his love. I’ve been blessed to know a few Downs people. They have all been amazing. Just so loving, so curious, and I feel like they do bring cheer and light and happiness with them. They have challenges, like being slower…but man a smile just is more than a smile. It’s a smile that melts your heart. I’m glad you have each other, you’re both going to gain so much from one another.

  32. This is such a wonderful article, Becca! Thank you for sharing with such emotion and honesty about your little brother. What a sweetie he is! Bless you all.

  33. Aw, great post Becca! Your family is wonderful and you should be very proud of Jack!

  34. What a great post. Loved reading!

  35. I love this post! Sibling love is beautiful. And I love that you take the time to educate people. I tis the best way to handle the situation.

  36. Thank you for sharing this Becca! It’s amazing the love that Jack brings into everyone’s lives!

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