When Wil Taylor was born, his diagnosis of Down syndrome was a surprise to his parents. Twelve years after fully accepting and embracing life with Down syndrome, the next surprise to his parents arrived – puberty. In Stories of Wil: Puberty Part 1, author and Wil’s mother Christie Taylor shares stories chronicling her early journey to acceptance followed by her current navigation of Wil's new behavioral patterns associated with puberty and teenagehood. As no story is complete without a full set of characters, Christie includes the ripple effects on Wil's twin sisters, his friends, his school experiences, and observations from the outside world. Christie reveals that though the challenges may be high at times, the joys of life are truly found in the simple things and in the villages we surround ourselves with.
one_more_chapter on Goodreads wrote:
Thank you, Christie, for sharing your family's life with us. I learned that being forceful is not the answer with some children (or any children!). Your method of keeping things light for Wil but being firm when needed really makes sense! So many of the strategies you use in life are applicable to all children (like giving them time to make their own decisions). I look forward to "Puberty Part 2!"
Heartwarming, and inspirational, this wonderful read is filled with stories that raise awareness, and give us all a sense of being a little less alone in our journeys. This book is a must read for anyone parenting a special kiddo and makes a great gift for friends and family.