Well, we did it. We finally cut the cable. We’ve only been saying we’re going to do this for about a year now! Okay, maybe not that long, but it’s been quite a while. We are now down to the rabbit ears and whatever comes through that. My kids have rediscovered PBS. Yay for Sesame Street!!
We were watching Sesame Street yesterday, and I realized something major was happening on the show. Gina was getting ready for a trip and several of the muppets didn’t know where she was going, so she sat down to explain she was going to Guatamala to adopt a baby.
As we’re watching the explanation, Aiden started firing questions at me. He didn’t understand how she could have a baby when she is not married yet, so I got to talk about how there are all kinds of families. Some with a mom and a dad. Some with just a mom. Some with just a dad. (I didn’t go into some with two moms and some with two dads because I just didn’t want to deal with THAT subject with him. Seriously, he asks SO many questions on why and how things work and he’s only FIVE! Now, if he had a friend or a classmate with two moms or two dads at home, I would gladly talk about it. But there’s no need right now, right?). Some kids in families come from their mom’s tummies. Some kids in families come from someone else’s tummy. We talked about how it doesn’t matter who’s tummy a baby comes from, their mom and dad loves them no matter what.
It was kind of a fun discussion because Aiden is really starting to realize how different the world is. He loves diversity! He realizes now that just because our family has a mom and a dad and three boys that doesn’t mean every family is the same. He has a friend that has a mom and a dad who aren’t married anymore, and the little boy lives with his dad and his stepmom most of the time and visits his mom sometimes. He has a friend who is black and was adopted by two white parents. He has a friend with two brothers, one sister, a white mother, and a black father. He has a friend who lives with his two brothers, one sister, his mom, and his grandma and grandpa. He has friends at school who’s parents don’t speak English. He has a friend who recently moved here from India. He has a friend with no brothers or sisters. It’s a big variety of families, huh? I like that he gets to learn about all these differences as a young child. He doesn’t live in a cookie cutter house in a cookie cutter neighborhood with cookie cutter families. We love variety!!