Fatherhood Tales: Being Deaf and Raising a Hearing Son

Shawn Jackson Fatherhood Tales, Getting Personal 2 Comments

No one ever said being a father was easy. In fact, I’ve found the challenges of fatherhood to be harder as a deaf father of a teenage hearing son.   Now, let me be clear: I love my son. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for him if he needed it. I have been there since before he was born. And it hasn’t been easy, especially when I broke up with his mother. It was very painful time and full of adjustments, concessions and agreements… with disagreements sprinkled here and there. Still though, these are things many families deal with.   However, as many deaf parents of hearing children will attest, when your child becomes a teenager and puberty rears …

Fatherhood Tales: Deafness, Tourette’s and Becoming a Father

Shawn Jackson Fatherhood Tales 0 Comments

I’m sure for all fathers-to-be, the prospect of actual fatherhood is both a joyous and scary proposition. As well it should be. But it was fraught, for me, with worries that my son would experience some of the same pains I did by inheriting my Tourette’s or become deaf.