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It Truly Takes a Village

Their Nana!

What many of my readers may not know about me is that we share a home with our extended family.

My husband’s aunt and grandmother live with us and it really put new meaning to the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child,” when we all started living under one roof.

During these two years, I have learned a lot about family and being a parent, and I think that every day that has gone by has shown me exactly how important the role of extended family is in the lives of toddlers.

Over the course of many weekends, my two older children work on building a lifelong relationship with their “LaLa” or great aunt.

One weekend it is the zoo, one is the aquarium, and sometimes it is just a simple trip to to Target or McDonalds. But the best part of it all is that this time period helps me to regroup, shower, and maybe even get a load of laundry done.

Extended family has shown me that I really missed out on these relationships as a child.

I was with my mother, all the time. Not that I minded it!

I just think it is a new way for generations to live. And I certainly hope that this will help my kids to extend respect to their elders.

Do your children have a close relationship with their extended family?

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