A step-mum is being heavily criticised online after claiming she hasn’t got time to learn sign language to communicate with her new step-daughter who is deaf
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A woman has come under fire online after confessing she has absolutely no interest in learning sign language, despite her step-daughter being completely deaf.
The woman, in her thirties, married her husband Buford around a year ago, and together they became a family, alongside her two children from a previous marriage – eight-year-old Jay and Juniper, five.
Both the woman and her husband had been of the belief that Buford had no children, and they had no intentions of having anymore – until they recently discovered the man does in fact have a 15-year-old daughter called Markita, who he was never told of.
“Her mom did not tell Buford about her pregnancy and ultimately moved states, so he had no idea until she reached out on Facebook. We were a little dubious, but she turned out to be right,” the woman explained on Reddit’s Am I The A**hole forum.
“Markita and mom moved back to our state in the meantime and live about 40 minutes from us. She wants visitation with Buford which he has agreed to. There’s no formal custody arrangement between Buford and mom so it’s basically just sporadic weekends and school holidays. Usually this is just between the two of them, but sometimes she will come to the house and has even slept over a few times.”
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However, the issue lies around the fact that Markita almost exclusively communicates via sign language, which no one in the family knows, although Buford is making serious effort to learn in order to communicate with his long lost child.
“The last time Markita was here he pitched to me the idea of us learning sign language as a family. The truth is that I really don’t know if that is worth the effort. Markita is present at our house maybe once …….