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Better understand the different family models

Family is where we grow, learn and love. It can take different forms, but what matters is the love, support and respect that fills it. Discussing different family models with your child is an important step in their sexuality education. Thus, we address the subjects of inclusiveness, difference, benevolence, comparison and reproduction. So it's an interesting topic to discuss with your little one, without it being too intimidating. In this article, we will explore the various types of families and celebrate their uniqueness.

1. The nuclear family:

The nuclear family, often called the "traditional family," is the most common family form. It is made up of a couple and their biological children. Parents are responsible for the education and well-being of children. This family structure is one we often see on television or in books.

2. The adoptive family:

The adoptive family is made up of adults who welcome under their roof one or more children who are not their biological children. The bonds in an adoptive family run deep, even when there are no blood ties.

3. The same-sex family:

In a same-sex family, the parents are of the same gender. It could be two dads or two moms. They raise their children with love, whether through adoption, co-parenting, assisted reproduction or previous relationships. Love and attention abound, just like in a heterosexual family.

4. The blended family:

The blended family is formed when parents who have been married or in a relationship with other people meet. The children then have brothers and sisters from previous relationships. Everyone works together to create a new family, whether they are married or not.

5. The single-parent family:

In a single-parent family, only one parent raises one or more children. This situation can arise from death, divorce, separation or personal choice. Single parents face many challenges, but they are incredibly dedicated to their children's education.

Each type of family is unique and valuable in its own way. There is no "best" one. or "worse." There are as many types of families as there are families. The main thing is love, trust, support and respect within the family. If you are a parent struggling with difficult feelings regarding this topic, please come and chat with us privately. You are not alone, and there are resources to help you overcome challenges. 🏡💕

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