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Kid Flaunts (by children ages 5-12) and Teen Flaunts (by teenagers ages 13-18) feature essays from children and young adults inspired by DHFI’s theme, “The things that make me different make me, me.” DHIFI is always accepting new submissions – if you’d like to share your story, click here to learn more about how to write and submit a flaunt for publishing on our website. Parental permission required for writers under the age of 18.


My Hands, by Madison

Hi, my name is Madison and this is my story. My hands are different and I used to get bullied in elementary school. They would call me a pirate and say “ARG!!!” and make a little hook with their hands.  I would tell the bus driver about it and they said that they should sit […]

Seeing Double, By Carly Noble

When I look around the house I see two of everything.  Two beds, two computers, two closets, two pillows and even two binders!  Everything is double, even two kids—twins!  I am different than other kids because I am a twin.  My twin sister, Jessica and I go through life together, hand in hand.  But being […]

The Lazy Eye! By Maya Ramachandran, 4th Grade

I always drag myself to the bathroom to brush my teeth in the morning. There are mirror doors so I can see myself. My left eye slides to the left instead of staying straight ahead. My right eye stays where it is supposed to stay. I don’t even know when it is doing it—except when somebody tells me or when I am in front of a mirror. This sticky situation is called “a lazy eye.”