Adorable Little Girl Doesn't Think Down Syndrome Makes Her Brother Different (VIDEO)

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AceHer name is Ace, and she just doesn't understand. People think her brother Archie is different. But Archie isn't different to Ace. He's just another little kid.

But to the rest of the world, Archie is a kid who was orphaned in his native Bulgaria because he had down syndrome. He was adopted by an American family, and along with Ace he's star of a video that I -- a jaded old mom blogger who has seen thousands of viral videos over the years -- can't get out of my head. Just watch!

Watching these two adorable siblings this morning on a friend's Facebook page, I couldn't help seeing my 6-year-old on the playground in the back of my mind. I always marvel when I take her out there. I watch her walk up to kids who are perfect strangers. They exchange names, and suddenly, they're friends, ready to take on the world. At this age, kids are just kids. There is no color. No gender. There are no "problems."

And then they go to school. And they meet kids who weren't raised by parents like me (and my husband), parents who don't teach their kids the everyone is equal and everyone deserves respect and everyone has value. Someone tells them different is bad ... and we wonder why we have bullies and wars and division in America?

We wouldn't. Not if kids stayed like Ace. Not if we still walked up to strangers on the playground and said "hey, you are cool, I am cool, let's be friends." Not if everyone believed like Ace does ... that kids like Archie are "just like any other kid." They aren't different. They just are.

What have you told your kids about kids who are "different"?

 

Image via eicherumba/YouTube

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nonmember avatar Emily

Hmm.. this probably won't be the favorite comment - but I don't like that they're using their daughter to get this message across. My brother has moderate developmental disabilities and my parents used me as his little ambassador and as I grew up it made me feel like I was a supporting role in the "James Show". Its such an important message, people with disabilities DO have abilities. My brother is capable of so much and I love him and I am so proud of him. But I think that message is for the parents to spread. Not a little girl. Maybe I'm using my own experiences and projecting them on this video, but it doesn't sit well with me. But both kids are absolutely lovely.

nonmember avatar Not A Mom

@Emily - Thank you for expressing what I was thinking. Something about the video made me uncomfortable. I think the little girl is really cute, but I think my discomfort had to do with what you expressed.

Also, in regards to pretending like there are no differences with children. I think that is ridiculous. Children do notice that people are different. Pretending that they don't is ridiculous. Besides, even if they don't learn about people's differences from home, they most certainly will at school and I know I'd rather my kids talk to me about it (because I haven't acted like it's some taboo topic) then to not talk to me and find out a bunch of nonsense from kids at school.

Torra... TorranceMom

So cute! I want to squeeze both of them!

Kwiat2 Kwiat2

I agree with the first two posters entirely! I physically felt uncomfortable watching this despite how cute both of them are. I don't like most parents' videos of their children on YouTube because I think it's exploitive. This one especially seems rehearsed. But kudos to those parents for adopting a child that's not "perfect."

nonmember avatar Kelly

I grew up with a brother that had Williams's Syndrome. I felt exactly as this little girl does. While I understand some would feel she is being exploited delivering this message, I feel it is equally important for people to see the interaction between these siblings. I have a son with Autism. I am an only parent and had started dating someone with a child. Concern had been expressed as to whether it would be a detriment to their child potentally with us all becoming a family. I felt this video is relevant to many as it is.

Disney17 Disney17

Down syndrome children ARE different. We need to accept that because pretending we're all equal is more harmful than helpful. She doesn't think he's different because she's grown up with him and she's still a little girl. Someday she'll realize her brother is different, and that's okay!

nonmember avatar Kelly

As children, we see the world so innocently. YES it's obvious by appearance that individuals with down syndrome are different! But we don't have to treat the individual like they are lesser. That is the point being made. There was actor, a few, that have Down's and are quite successful. Forty years ago we institutionalized individuals with Autism. It was said there is no hope and basically society punished and imprisoned disabilities. Just as Archie had been discarded, disposable as trash. This video simply put, is to help realize as we get jaded by society our perspective changes. Disabilities do NOT equal not having any value or feelings. I am shocked and disappointed in several of these comments...Clearly, prejudiced and unaware!

steph... steph2884

My 4 year old son is "different". He has autism. He can't talk, so it's pretty obvious. I also have a 2 year old daughter who loves her big brother. I don't think I will have to teach her anything, she has never known anything differently. I didn't watch the video, so I don't know how they are exploiting these children. All I know as a mom with a son with autism and a daughter who is typical, I am going to have a hard time balancing the two. I don't want my daughter to feel left out nor do I want her to feel like she always has to be there to pick up any extra weight. It is scary. Not all parents are perfect. You don't know unless you are a parent of a different needs child... not even if you are a sibling of one.

suziejax suziejax

This video made me cry,. it was wonderful! 

Maevelyn Maevelyn

My dad's best friend has a sister with developmental disabilities (damage from having oxygen cut off for too long by the umbilical chord around her neck and then contracting scarlette feaver in the NICU.) I grew up around her and didn't really think anything of her being "different" she was fun, kind and really a great friend nomatter how old I got. They struggled to help her develop and she actually graduated with a regular high school diploma and has had a job as a gardener since she was 15. (The woman grows amazing veggies!)  Her brother once told me he was happy he had her as a sister because she's "tougher than any brother, more fun the anybody else's sister and my best friend." I hope these sibs keep a strong relationship. 

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