I have a cousin who is a couple of years older than I am (I was born in '71), and he had a cleft palate.
I didn’t see this cousin very often and I was afraid of him because of the scarring on his face. He tended to be very isolated at family gatherings.
My parents never told me anything about him. I’m guessing they would have had no idea that I found him frightening. But I was thinking about him yesterday (no idea why. I haven’t seen him in years) and wondered how they could have or should have handled it so that I wasn’t afraid of him.
How did your parents handle situations like this? If you are a parent, what do you do?
Did my parents have the right idea by ignoring it? I don’t think they did, but my knowledge of parenting is pretty much nonexistent.