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 …
It’s been a while since I’ve made a new post for D/T and we’re rearing to go with new content. But for those who are new here, allow me this introduction.
Today, we meet a man from across the pond (England), a reader of this blog and someone who contacted me, saying
One of the things I’ve had to get used to after getting my CI was learning about the things I missed out on when I wasn’t able to hear any longer. Everything from music to the sound of my son’s voice.
Dating can be tough, but what if you elect to date someone who is deaf or hard of hearing?
Hi all! We’re talking today with Daniel Ferron, the creator of the new documentary “My Life, My Story, My Tourette’s”.
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.
I’m sure some of you have gone to a concert and seen a sign language interpreter transliterating the songs and probably thought to yourself, “Why are deaf people here? They can’t hear anything.”
We often empathize with people with who have it rough, but what many of us consider ‘rough’ is usually something like a terminal illness or homelessness. Things easily understandable. But what happens when a close friend or family member is diagnosed with something that isn’t easily understandable?
Being a father is an amazing thing in and of itself, but helping to raise a child with the challenges I face is a rewarding experience and one I wouldn’t change for the world.