What Makes A Family?

One of the topics I don’t really enjoy discussing much in my preschool classes is about family. It’s not that I don’t see the value of family but I feel that at times, I am limited by “traditional” definitions of the family, which is something I don’t feel comfortable with. I remember that as a child (and in the earlier days of studying about the general concept of the family) it would always have the stereotyped description of a family being “Daddy, Mommy, Brother, Sister and Baby”.

Given the changing dynamic of the family structure (and perhaps since I have a non-traditional family myself) I try to be more open about discussing the topic and several kids’ books that have helped my in my discussions are as follows:

  • Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Amor (Or The Bat Who Thought She Was an Owl) by Mary Ann M. Tobias
  • My Working Mom
  • What Mommies Do Best (back to back with What Daddies Do Best)

Others that I haven’t really read or used myself but are also said to be quite helpful are:

  • Daddy, Papa, and Me (with accompanying Mommy, Mama, and Me) by Leslea Newman
  • William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow

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