It’s Pride week in San Francisco. Eventually, I’d love to make going to the pride parade a family tradition, but I’m not ready to brave the crowds with my two little guys just yet. Instead, I decided to use this time to talk with Bodhi about different kinds of families. Both my parents and my husband’s parents have married only once and are still married so my kids only know the very traditional family. I want to make sure they know that there are all kinds of different and happy families out there full of love.
We read two new books- The Family Book and Heather Has Two Mommies (affiliate links). I love talking with him about it because to a three-year-old, there’s no judgment or preconceived ideas- it just makes sense. I know that as he gets older, the more complex questions will come and we will hopefully already have a head start. His favorite line in Heather Has Two Mommies is “Each family is special. The most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love each other.” He gets a big smile and laughs. My heart melts. That’s the line I want my kids to remember.
In Heather Has Two Mommies, the children draw pictures of their families so Bodhi drew a picture of his family too. Someday we’ll have bodies and heads.
The Family Book by Todd Parr (affiliate)
This is a great, simple book to introduce the idea of different kinds of families. It talks not only about a family having two mommies, two daddies, one parent or stepparents, but also about things such as size, distance and cleanliness.
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman (affiliate)
Heather loves the number two. She has two of many things including two mommies. Another excellent book to introduce the idea of different kinds of families. The children at school all draw pictures of their families and each looks different.