Friday, August 15, 2008

When Our Kids Go to Bed...


Here are a few things the hearing parents with hearing kids need to know and probably have never thought of before about a house of deaf children. Sometimes our friends who all have hearing kids, drop their kids off at daycare and their biggest worry is whether their child will eat a good lunch. They may look at us who have kids with special needs and think..."I can't imagine dropping my kid off w/ 14,000 dollars worth of equipment on their ears, and wondering if they'll pick up any new language or hear the words to the songs they sing" but we moms w/deaf children need you to know, it's not that bad!!
Things we can do that you can't do...
1. We can crank up our music....when our kids go to bed.
2. We could have people over, laugh and talk as loud as we want...when our kids go to bed.
3. You'll never find us whispering when our kids go to bed, but you might find us turning the lights low, or tiptoeing so we don't vibrate the floor
4. The sound of mom cooking in the mornings will never wake our kids, but the smell might...or even the morning light shining in (buy heavy dark curtains!!)
5. and finally...we laugh when you call late (or early) and say "I hope I didn't wake the kids"...go ahead ring our doorbell too, you won't wake our kids
I'm sure other parents have plenty to add to the list...

3 comments:

misskri said...

VERY true!! Kind of similar..we were on vacation last month with my sister in law. I stayed back at the condo while hubby, Jon and SIL went out to eat. They got back pretty late and Thomas was already asleep. Before coming in Jonathan started ringing the doorbell like crazy ~ I overheard my SIl tell him "STOP IT or you will wake your brother up" I met them at the door and reminded her that a freight train could be blowing their horn next to him and he wouldnt wake up..the vibrations would wake him..but not the noise!!!

Laura's medical journey said...

haha Having an implant myself, i can safely say i love sleeping and my parents never worry about waking me up when they come in my room to use my computer! I love it too because i can sleep all through the night without waking up to a noise/ the traffic outside when i have my window open. My parents always wished they could do that! Even my dads electric guitar couldnt wake me!! Deafness has its good points sometimes!!

Jodi Cutler Del Dottore said...

Um. Now you KNOW I have to add this one...
WE HAVE LOUD, CRAZY, BANG THE BED AGAINST THE WALL, HANG FROM THE CHANDELIER, SCREAM AS LOUD AS YOU CAN...
Mom and Dad pj parties.
*smile*
Jooooooooooooodi
PS. Jordan held Rachel's hand today. rotfl