It Takes All Kinds

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!!

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4 responses to “It Takes All Kinds

  1. I agree with you that discussing same-gender parents without an example to talk about might be jumping the gun a little.

    I wonder how kids feel about all of these different families? I was pretty confused about everything except adoption when I was a kid. (When I was young it was at the tail end of the era when teenagers still gave up babies for adoption, so we had a lot of adopted kids on our street.) In those days, no one sat kids down and talked about it though. You were left to figure it out on your own.

  2. i think it’s cool he’s interested so early. i was just thinking… i don’t think i ever noticed families were different. i mean, it didn’t stand out to me. maybe it’s because every thanksgiving we went to the farm and there were 12-20 different families, but they were all still my own.

  3. He’s a pretty cool kid. I’m glad he has a mother like you who doesn’t just pass off a teachable moment, but doesn’t go too far with it, either. Your boys are very blessed to have you as their mother.

    I’m also proud of you for cutting the cable and rediscovering PBS. We love “Super Why!” and “Word World” (new this year) in addition to the old favourites: “Singing Time!”, “Sesame Street”, “Thomas,” and “Bob the Builder.” Enjoy the new world sans commercials that awaits you! 🙂

  4. We have a family in our Ward which did exactly what you were discussing. They went to Guatamala to adopt a baby. Eliza Maria was about 2 1/2 when she came. Dad served his Mission in Guatamala and Mom also speaks Spanish. The older kids [15, 13, 11, and 8 now] are learing right along with Eliza who has also learned English. Last week I was over there for the oldest daughter to do a presentation for Biology [home-schooled] and Mom had made a Guatamalan soup we all got to try out. Really good. I love how they are trying to have both cultures in the household.

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