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Zach Roloff Sends An Important Message To Parents Of Kids With Dwarfism: 'It Is Not Scary At All'

Date December 20, 2017 15:18

Zach Roloff knows from his own experience what it is like to be different from the rest. The 27-year-old star of TLC's reality show Little People, Big World is a dwarf, just like his parents.

In May 2017, Zach and his wife Tori welcomed their firstborn son Jackson. Many people were concerned about the boy inheriting his father's diagnosis but not Zach. Even before Baby J was born, his father admitted that he was not scared of having a kid with dwarfism.

Breaking the stereotypes

Zach and Tori's love story can hardly be called a common one. In an interview with People, the man confessed that he had “never really dated” before meeting his future wife. Furthermore, he was uncertain if Tori would ever go out with him. But eventually, they went on a date and have been inseparable ever since.

The couple tied the knot in July 2015, and a bit over a year later, they made a big announcement: they were going to be parents. In a short clip released on TLC, both soon-to-be-parents shared their thoughts about what was coming.

Zach admitted that, at the moment, there were only two questions that mattered the most: what sex the child would be and whether it would be a dwarf or an average height kid. For Tori, the thought of having a baby with dwarfism was scary:

No parent wants to hear that their child is different, no matter what that is.

Zach, however, had a different opinion on the matter. For him, a baby with dwarfism would not be “different.”

He’s just like me.

Even before little Jackson was born, his dad explained that the possibility of his kid having dwarfism did not scare him. “I'm not going to say, 'oh yeah, man, I wish my kid had dwarfism,” he said in a clip for TLC. “But I'm also not going to say I really hope [he's] an average height [kid]. Average height kids have issues, too.”

In the end, little Jackson was indeed born with achondroplasia – the most common form of dwarfism. Baby J shares this diagnosis not only with his dad but also with his grandma Amy.

The Roloffs show other parents who have a kid with dwarfism that these children are not that different from their average height peers. The happy dad even has a parenting advice on raising a dwarf kid:

You have to encourage a dwarf child a little more because it will take them five steps to do what others can do in two.

Tori and Zach are a great role-model for hundreds of other families out there who have kids (or parents) with dwarfism. They prove that there is nothing wrong with being “different” and that a person with dwarfism can live a happy and quite normal life.

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