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.
“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.
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.
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.