I admit I've been in denial...seriously, telling myself this day might never come. But I suppose it's good to happen now, while Maddie can still smile and wave back and I can prepare ourselves for the day when it will hurt far worse than today. The day when a comment is made and Maddie realizes she's different.
In hind sight, I should have stopped and explained to the little boys that she looks a little different simply because she has Down Syndrome. To expect acceptance we have to teach acceptance, right?
So, how would you have handled it? How do you prepare a child for something like this?