Different Dads: Fathers' Stories of Parenting Disabled by Jill Harrison, Matthew Henderson, Rob Leonard

By Jill Harrison, Matthew Henderson, Rob Leonard

Fathers of disabled young ones can believe neglected whilst the focal point of a lot parenting aid is aimed toward moms. various Dads is a set of inspiring own stories written by way of fathers of kids with a incapacity who ponder their very own stories and supply recommendation to different fathers and households at the demanding situations of elevating a baby with a disability.

The fathers featured symbolize a large spectrum of expertise. Their contributions mirror a variety of cultures; a few are unmarried fathers, others are married adoptive fathers. What all of them have in universal are the demanding situations that face them and their households in elevating a baby with a incapacity. matters explored comprise the reactions of kin, neighbors and associates, the best way to take care of the firms and pros that aid households with a disabled baby, and the trouble of being open approximately emotions in a tradition that does not continuously anticipate males to have a delicate or nurturing role.

providing direct and considerate views on being a father of a kid with a incapacity, this ebook can be a priceless resource of aid and data for households with disabled young ones, and in addition for wellbeing and fitness and social care pros who paintings with those families.

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The care worker from social services had no nursing or 40 Different Dads childcare training, and her understanding of Matthew – through no fault of her own – was minimal. She even managed to burn Matthew’s milk despite the milk being in a bottle in the fridge with the microwave timer set (all she had to do was put it in and press start). She did not last long. We discovered direct payments and, using two close friends and former nursery workers that knew and had worked with Matthew, employed them to have him for a few hours each weekend.

This was the moment that changed my life, and I owe it to this most wonderful, compassionate man, head teacher and humanitarian extraordinary. What he did was simple yet so difficult. For the next hour he let me cry, let me curse, let me say whatever I wanted to say. Then he said these simple words: I have no idea how you have lasted this long before this happened. But I know one thing – you must go and be with your family, because they are the single most important thing in your life and they need you now.

In total, I had to take about six months in one continuous period off work until Mark was discharged from hospital. One of my main worries was that I would not receive my full basic pay, but Royal Mail gives you six months’ full basic pay as standard. I had to take this time off as sick/compassionate leave. Because Mark’s condition was so complicated none of the managers or people in charge at Royal Mail had any idea how much stress we as a family unit were under. Two weeks after his birth, Mark had a delayed primary repair to try to join the two ends of his oesophagus together.

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