•NORMALIZE ALL FAMILIES•
There are students, many students, in your classroom who do not come from what society would consider a [typical] family and children are not always exposed to families that are different from their own early on in life (especially families with significantly different cultures). They are waiting to see that their family is valid and that their family is normal and that their family is just that...a family.
•Talk about different types of families (but remember: school & classroom communities aren’t families)
•Post a picture of your family
•Read books that provide new perspectives on families
•Make your classroom a SAFE SPACE for ALL families
Can talking about families be difficult for some students, yes! But not talking about families, isn’t the answer. Students have a story that should be validated. Obviously, figure out what works for your students and be culturally sensitive and aware. But find ways to expose children to ALL families. 💜💓