After Boy Is Left Out of Kid's Party, Mom Pens Letter to Kids About Her Son

Jennifer Kiss-Engele knows her son isn’t a mean kid. In fact, she lauds him for being “fun,” and having a great sense of humor with an “infectious laugh.” So, why was he the only child out of two dozen in his class who wasn’t invited to his classmate’s birthday party?

In a heartfelt Facebook post that went viral Thursday, Kiss-Engele explained that the only reason her son Sawyer was left out is because he has Down Syndrome.

The Canadian mother, however, isn’t mad, according to MailOnline. She’s using the opportunity to educate parents on taking a more “inclusive approach” to parenting, including the parent who is throwing the party.

People with Down Syndrome, she explained in her post, “want to have close relationships, want to feel love, want to contribute, want to have meaningful lives, and want to go to birthday parties.”

She says parents shouldn’t be scared or wary people with the genetic disorders and should talk to their kids and teach them that it’s not OK to discriminate against someone because of their disability, race or gender.

“I have let a year slip away where I could have done more to educate families. Perhaps then we wouldn't be in this situation,” Kiss-Engele wrote, according to the Daily Mail.

She continued: “I realize that it's my obligation as his parent and advocate to educate people more about what it means to have Down Syndrome and how they are more like you than different. I now know how important it is to talk about it and it's something I am committed to doing a better job of.”

Kiss-Engele acknowledged that people do make mistakes and invited parents, including the one who was throwing the party, to talk. About 5,000 likes and 2,500 shares later, the child who was having the birthday party ended up making a special invitation just for Sawyer.

Source: MailOnline
Photos: Jennifer Kiss-Engele/Facebook

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