Families are always evolving — new members can be added, or roles may change — but what holds a family together is the love and history they share.
What family looks like varies from household to household. Some families have two mommies or two daddies, and some have grandmas and grandpas who are primary caregivers. Others have single parents, and children may be adopted or fostered.
Whatever your family looks like, it’s important that your child feels welcome to be themselves in it and able to ask when they need something or want to talk. If your family unit will be seeing some changes soon — perhaps a new sibling is on the way — set aside some time to discuss how each family member feels about it.
For its 100th anniversary, Scholastic spoke with experts to identify a set of books, articles, and tips that make starting a conversation with your child about family easier. These resources are part of a broader initiative, called the Scholastic Bookshelf, created for Instagram to raise awareness around contemporary issues affecting children today.