Not Normal Families are Still Families- and That’s What Matters Most

I felt your pain and concern over raising a child in a non-stereotypical family. If it helps, remember there are many ways for a family to be “not normal” these days. For my family, my daughter has a different color skin tone because she was adopted. I’ve been mistaken for her babysitter by a substitute, had people wonder where her parent was (me- but not obvious at the park), and ask how she can be my biological son’s sister when “they don’t look alike” by kids who don’t get it.

My brother, who is going through a divorce will likely have awkward single dad moments, and since his daughter is only 3, she doesn’t quite understand why they won’t bring farmers market flowers to mommy anymore.

What kids need most is a family that loves and supports them, and as long as they have that, I think the details and awkward “not normal” moments won’t be too bad. You put her in a home that sounds surrounded by love and support and I think that will matter most in the long run.

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I am a teacher, with two kids, recently diagnosed with Lupus, and possibly other auto-immune conditions, living life to the fullest, while managing symptoms.

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