- He’s does better in small groups with people he trusts. But, that’s how he sees himself.
I can’t hear what they are saying. I don’t know if they are talking about me or not.
- I’m guessing most kids aren’t talking about him (mostly). But some kids are cruel. And A-holes.
When I ask what did you say… they say, “nothing” or “never mind.”
- I think most people just don’t like to repeat themselves if it’s not totally important… and others just don’t understand how hard it is for someone with cochlear implants to hear.
I’m going to be emotional for the next few years.
- Most pre-teens and teens will be. You are normal, my child. But nothing at this age feels normal. You do have more than the average kid your age to deal with, though, so you rate.
I’m not an eagle; I can’t sit back and watch… because I don’t know what they are saying.
- I can’t even imagine how much stress and anxiety that causes.
Let’s just change the subject…
- I hope you know I have your back and we can talk about your feelings. I’m so proud of you for opening up and expressing yourself.
Confessions from a pre-teen kid living with cochlear implants~In between worlds: Deaf and Hearing. And a mother’s “internal” response.