Beautiful Eyes: A Father Transformed by Paul Austin

By Paul Austin

In 1987, Paul Austin and his spouse Sally have been newlyweds, eager about their destiny jointly and fortunately expecting the start in their first baby. He used to be a scientific scholar and she or he was once a nurse. every thing replaced the instant the health practitioner rushed their boy or girl daughter from the room simply after her delivery, understanding immediately that anything used to be improper. Sarah had almond-shaped eyes, a unmarried crease throughout her palm rather than 3, and low-set ears all of which recommended that the infant had Down syndrome.

Beginning at the day Sarah is born and finishing while she is a tender grownup residing in a bunch domestic, appealing Eyes is the tale of a father's trip towards popularity of a kid who's various. In a voice that's unflinchingly sincere and unerringly compassionate, Austin chronicles his lifestyles together with his daughter: looking at her discover ways to stroll and speak and shape her personal reviews, making judgements approximately her destiny, and navigating cultural assumptions and prejudices the entire whereas confronting, with poignancy and relocating candor, his personal barriers as her father.

It is Sarah herself, who, in her personal coming of age and her personal reconciling along with her distinction, teaches her father to appreciate her. many times, she surprises him: appearing girl Gaga s "Poker Face" at a expertise exhibit; explaining how the note "retarded" is hurtful; reacting to the occasions of her existence with a mix of love, soreness, and humor; and insisting on her personal humanity in a global that questions it. As Sarah starts off to blossom into herself, her father learns to appear previous his daughter's incapacity and spot her because the lively, warmhearted, and uniquely clever individual she is.

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Access counselling services (individual and group programs are available). • Chapters 6 and 7 on coping with stress, anxiety and depression cover some coping strategies that can be useful. • Watch your own moods too. If you notice your mood is low for two weeks or longer, discuss your concerns with your partner and your family doctor. au • Talk to your Maternal and Child Health Nurse. She can help you find the support you need. Towards fatherhood Here’s a recap of the key ideas introducing you to the fatherhood stage: • The reality of parenthood is often different from your expectations.

If there is a family history of depression or if you or your partner have previously been depressed, it may be helpful to monitor your moods, both while your partner is pregnant and after birth. Seek help early if you notice these signs. What do I do if I think my partner has depression? • Discuss your concerns with your partner. Try to find out how she really feels. You may need to go with her to appointments for extra support particularly if she is reluctant to attend. Seeking help takes courage—providing support can help.

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