By Jill Harrison, Matthew Henderson, Rob Leonard
Fathers of disabled young ones can consider neglected while the point of interest of a lot parenting aid is geared toward moms. "Different Dads" is a set of non-public tales written by means of fathers of kids with a incapacity who ponder their very own studies and provide suggestion to different fathers and households at the demanding situations of elevating a baby with a incapacity. The fathers featured signify a huge spectrum of stories. members are drawn from 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. parts explored contain the reactions of relatives, neighbors and associates, how one can care for the agencies and execs that aid households with a disabled baby and the trouble of being open approximately emotions in a tradition that does not consistently anticipate males to have a delicate or nurturing function. providing direct and insightful views on being a father of a kid with a incapacity, this publication might be a necessary resource of help and data for households with disabled teenagers, and in addition for overall healthiness and social care execs who paintings with those households.
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I buried my head in the sand. After all, if I could become the breadwinner in the family I was doing the natural thing. Hunting and gathering whilst my wife did the woman’s job: looking after the kids. So I threw myself into work. I was a fairly successful teacher, training to become a head teacher and applying for deputy headships. The future looked very good career-wise. But as I spent more time obsessed with my job and getting a promotion, the wheels were slowly coming off at home. I wasn’t giving my family the support and, more importantly, love it required.
All this keeps me sane most of the time. This leads me to coping. Although it seems that pouring yourself into your new extreme family life is the way, all of us need to escape – even if we have a ‘normal’ family. For me, my two days a week in my new job as a school sports coordinator are a great release; but my real ‘reality buster’ is a weekly game of rugby, which helps me let off steam! The rugby club at Ponteland is also a fantastic family club, and they have taken Matthew to their heart. At one presentation evening they gave me a portrait of Matthew and myself that one of the senior members had painted; I was so moved.
Helen had pushed for me to get some counselling through the GP but I’d been almost relieved to find out how difficult it would be to get support. Although I did not realise it, this was the first barrier that I had to face in my journey. It wasn’t until I broke down soon after that the journey really started. I remember the day vividly. I was doing less at home than ever before and, although I did not realise it, my anxiety levels were high. I was at school at the time and, thankfully, not teaching.
Different Dads: Father's Stories of Parenting Disabled Children by Jill Harrison, Matthew Henderson, Rob Leonard