‘Little People, Big World’ star is ready to raise his son born with dwarfism

November 9, 2017 8:21 pm Last Updated: November 9, 2017 8:21 pm

Having an unpleasant childhood is not something a parent wants their child to have. But for a parent who had a bad childhood, he hopes his experiences prepare him to be a good father to his newborn son.

27-year-old Zach Roloff, the star of “Little People, Big World”, is a new dad to a son, born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, just like himself.

In an interview with PEOPLE , Zach shared how he grew up with name-calling. “I look at my childhood and being a boy on the farm, it was a little tough because boys are very alpha-doggy and follow the pack. I was always chasing the back and way behind the pack. It was tough,” he said.

Being a new dad now, Zach hopes that his experiences will help him in raising his son, Jackson Kyle.

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“You have to encourage a dwarf child a little more because it will take them five steps to do what others can do in two. But I knew, dwarf or not, I was going to parent my child with the mentality that not everyone gets a trophy. You have to earn it,” he said.

Credit: Instagram | toriroloff

Men with achondroplasia grow to 4 feet 4 inches and have a normal lifespan. However, in early stages, babies could have problems with breathing or delays in muscle development.

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Zach and his wife, Tori, who is of normal size, knew their chances of having a dwarf were high, but they wanted to be parents. They hope their story will educate others and also encourage other parents with dwarf children.