Born Extraordinary: Empowering Children with Differences and Disabilities

TarcherPerigee. Mar. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9780593419380. pap. $18. CHILD REARING
Born with only one finger per hand, shortened forearms, and one toe on each foot, Zucker writes about ectrodactyly, her genetic condition that left her doctors skeptical of her ever walking. When Zucker had children of her own, both were diagnosed with the same condition. A third child she and her husband adopted did not have ectrodactyly but struggled with nut allergies and ADHD. The founder of Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It, an organization based around embracing differences, Zucker outlines how parents can let go of the notion of perfection, embrace honesty, and find contentment with life as it is. Humor, perspective, and taking a break from social media can all help. In addition to the author’s tips, words of wisdom from other parents are also included. This book serves as a guide to give children the freedom to try the unimaginable, and it empowers them to follow their passions.
VERDICT Told from a unique perspective, this is an essential read; all parents can benefit from the advice in this book.
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