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Ginger – How has the injury affected your parenting?

Ginger – How has the injury affected your parenting?

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They had to grow up a little bit faster, because sometimes I needed their help, and still need their help. So, in many ways, it was very good for them. But, in other ways, I think it perhaps wasn't so good, because— especially my youngest d... Show More

They had to grow up a little bit faster, because sometimes I needed their help, and still need their help. So, in many ways, it was very good for them. But, in other ways, I think it perhaps wasn't so good, because— especially my youngest daughter, had to step up to the plate, and couldn't always be a child—where as the other two had the time to be children. She's the one who had a difficult time initially because she was in that "me period"—between 13 and 14—where all a young teenager thinks about is herself. Perhaps the best thing that my disability has done in terms of how it's affected my parenting, is how it's affected my grandparenting. Because my grandchildren all learned to stand and to walk by grabbing onto my wheelchair, and pulling themselves up. And, to them, wheelchairs and disability are a fact of life; they're perfectly normal.

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Ginger – How has the injury affected your parenting?

Ginger

Injured in 1984 at age 44, quadriplegic
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They had to grow up a little bit faster, because sometimes I needed their help, and still need their help. So, in many ways, it was very good for them. But, in other ways, I think it perhaps wasn't so good, because— especially my youngest daughter, had to step up to the plate, and couldn't always be a child—where as the other two had the time to be children. She's the one who had a difficult time initially because she was in that "me period"—between 13 and 14—where all a young teenager thinks about is herself. Perhaps the best thing that my disability has done in terms of how it's affected my parenting, is how it's affected my grandparenting. Because my grandchildren all learned to stand and to walk by grabbing onto my wheelchair, and pulling themselves up. And, to them, wheelchairs and disability are a fact of life; they're perfectly normal.

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