On Being A Dwarf Parent

Being a parent to Zelda has opened my eyes to a lot of new things. I now have a child who looks up to me when she is in need of help or taking care of. I now have responsibility to take care of Zelda when Kathleen is busy or needs assistance. It’s kind of mind blowing to me, in a good way. We are now officially a family and a team who strives to help, learn and care for each other through life.

I consider myself blessed to have met Zelda from her young age, as it’s beneficial we both learn to adapt together as she grows up. We have already learned so much from each other. She often asks me for help when it comes to getting dressed, putting on her socks and shoes, jackets, and so on. During bed times she enjoys settling down with me as I read her a bed time story, and we often have a giggle together before sleep time.

Being a dwarf parent has its own challenges, as I do some things differently in comparison to an average hight person, and there are also situations where I cannot always manage. Often I can be hard on myself and feel down about the fact I wish I could do more in the way of being able to pick Zelda up and carry her around when needed. I’m blessed to have Kathleen’s patience, as she reassures me that I am doing enough.

Pull-Ups instead of Diapers

Diapers are a real struggle! Mostly because I find it fiddly to deal with my fingers (born with no knuckles), so pull-ups are a great alternative that myself and Zelda can manage without too much of a struggle.

Using A Smaller / Lighter Stroller

Kathleen has an umbrella stroller in which I can easily manage to push Zelda around when it comes to getting out and about, it’s works a wonder for myself, the handles are low and the stroller is easy to push.

The Safety Harness

It’s not often Zelda will try and outrun me, she’s very calm and will stay close, but using a harness on her to keep her close is always handy. That way, she is not needing to be carried, and she’s also gets to walk around.

When I Use A Step

Keeping things out of reach from Zelda is important, I use steps to reach those particular things, or to do the dishes, brushing my teeth. Sometimes Zelda will try and climb up on the step with me, so explaining to her that it’s not safe is important, we don’t want her falling!

These are some of the things I have experienced as a parent so far. I am excited about the journey of being a parent to Zelda as she gets older, learns, and grows. It is so nice and comforting to be able to form such a strong bond with her. I care so much for this child and for her well-being.

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Phil Lusted
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Hello! I’m Phil, a blogger and designer from North Wales, UK. When I am not busy working I love to spend time with my family, eat pizza and watch plenty of Netflix.

3 Comments
  • Karen Scullard
    Posted at 17:24h, 10 April Reply

    All children just need to feel loved and safe and have some fun along the way, The size of the parent has no bearing on them being a good parent. Zelda is a very fortunate little girl to have you both as you are to have Zelda. Keep doing what you’re doing and you wont go far wrong. 👍

  • Annette Wade
    Posted at 19:47h, 10 April Reply

    Our son also has a stepdaughter whom he loves with all his heart. She’s 7….8 in Nov. I wish you every happiness for the future. It’s been good to hear your story😄☺

  • Pamela
    Posted at 05:26h, 14 November Reply

    I like your article. Sounds like you are doing a great job with Zelda. Don’t be hard on yourself.. we all have different limitations…. and you excell on so much… the bond the three of you have is wonderful…

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