Oh no, this is not a topic about the usual difference, men are from Mars and women are from Venus… You all know that!
No, this is about the differences within my family.
I am Deaf-Blind, I can’t hear plus my vision is weak, I miss a lot.
Whereas, my wife of 16 years (May 2002), is of good hearing and vision. And so, beyond that difference, how do my children interact with us is vastly different.
When I am alone with my boys, they tend to be less chatty, more expressive with ASL, my main method of communication.
But, when my wife gets home, they blah blah blah about almost anything, they do not try to sign and use my wife to explain things in ASL
If my wife is late for dinner and I cook, I try to engage my kids in idle chit chat, but get very limited responses.
I believe my children think ASL is a survivor skill, how to survive with Daddy! Chuckle!
I hope this will change soon, by “hope” I mean I need to re-launch the Signing Time after school…
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