As someone who grew up in a non-conventional household and now, as a mom raising my children in a traditional setting, it is essential that my children learn what I consider very important—even basic—life lessons: love, respect, and responsibility, among others. Moreover, as the shape of families continues to change, we should show our kids that values still remain the same.
While it is often difficult for parents to address topics such as same-sex couples and same-sex parents, especially with younger children, it is important that we don’t send the wrong message. Being awkward about a subject or avoiding it completely may make your child think you don’t approve of or are against something.
I had the opportunity to watch a special screening of a new ABC Family show called The Fosters. The drama series tells the story of a multiracial and diverse family made up of a mix of foster and biological children who are raised by two moms. The women, a police officer and a school vice principal, have built a close, loving family whose daily routine is disrupted unexpectedly when a hardened teenager comes into their lives.
After watching the pilot, I was pleased with several elements of the show that integrate a non-conventional family. And as a Latina, I was happy to see American Latinos represented within the main cast of characters, without being stereotypically unacculturated.
Furthermore, there are several lessons children can learn from watching this show, lessons that teach those values we want to instill in our children and, as parents, we strive to guide ourselves by. We can appreciate these lessons no matter where they come from.
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