Being a new parent is nerve-jangling enough as it is, but what happens if your baby is not what you were expecting? How do you deal with the conflicting feelings, a heart assailed by overwhelming love and overwhelming fear, guilt and anxiety as your expectations are rerouted?
This happened to Caroline White. So she pulled together her contrary emotions - the good, the bad and the ugly - and spun them into a poignant and uplifting fable, an inspiration for all new parents who find themselves stumbling along an unfamiliar and unanticipated path. Written with great honesty and love, The Label is anchored by a simple yet powerful central image, a metaphor for all that is limiting and prescriptive, and explores what happens when you let the label go and watch as your child blossoms into their best life untroubled by negative expectations.
Caroline White (Bath, UK) is a a powerful advocate for inclusion and steadfast in her insistence that all children be able to enjoy their lives to the fullest, irrespective of any prejudice or diagnoses. Her son Seb was the first model with Down's Syndrome to star in a major UK TV ad (M&S). He has also appeared on Muddy Puddles, modelled for Fuji, JoJo and Kinder. Caroline blogs for HuffPost, BT, Mencap, BBC, and Tedx. Sandra Isaksson (London, UK) is an award-winning graphic designer, product designer and illustrator with a master's degree in graphic design & illustration from Designskolen Kolding in Denmark. Sandra works as a freelance designer for international brands and runs her own design brand creating and producing a co-ordinated range of home accessories.