"I worry about how he's so proud of himself and has such confidence in himself and sees himself so highly," said Zach Roloff.
The Little People, Big World star, Zach Roloff expressed his worry about his young son getting closer to learning that he has been diagnosed with dwarfism. The time when the differences hit and one realizes to look at self is nearing said, Zach.
In an exclusive clip shared with People, from the recent season of Little People, Big World, Zach is seen discussing with his wife, Tori Roloff how their eldest son Jackson is coming to an age where he'll be able to distinguish his differences from others.
Opening up about his concerns as a father, Zach Roloff talks about Jackson Kyle, his 5-year-old son, and his high spirits as a young child. "I worry about how he's so proud of himself and has such confidence in himself and sees himself so highly, I hope that that doesn't break him down," he says.
Zach and all three kids of the couple have achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. Tori, the mother is of average height on the other hand. The two discussed how to deal with the soon-to-come realization of their son about his dwarfism.
"When it comes to Jackson being different, I don't think he's caught on yet. We haven't talked yet, about how we're different than everyone else," Zach tells Tori as they begin to discuss the sensitive situation as parents.
At a recent Little People of America (LPA) convention Jackson had remarked that the others "look just like" his father, to which Tori explains she doesn't feel Jackson realizes he looks the same way.
"I think he's gathered it, I just don't know if he's gathered it enough to personify himself as that," she stated. "I think he's gathered that, 'these people are like dad and grandma and grandpa, but they're not like me,’ she added with concern about how to break the news to their young son who will come across the reality anytime soon.
Zach mentioned his reasons why he feels worried as when one comes to realize, it feels like, "‘Wow, I'm being left behind,' and you can't catch up.” Drawing from his own experience as a growing-up child, Zach explains that it was never like, “ 'Oh wow, I have dwarfism.' It's like little moments that kind of accumulate, racing at school or playing chase."
Looking ahead to boost their son’s confidence and stand by his side all the while, Zach and Tori discuss the possibilities of dealing with it responsibly.
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