In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
Using the story, "A Penguin Family," and/or other resources you have gathered, tell the story. At the conclusion, guide a discussion to bring out or make the observation that
, Silo, and Tango love each other and fulfill the roles of a family (taking care of each other. You may ask:
Remind children that some people come into a family by birth; some by adoption. How did Tango enter her family? Adoptive people parents, like Silo and
, want a little one to share their home.
You may say:
There are many ways that people make a commitment to stay together, love each other, and care for each other. Sometimes adults become a family through a civil union or marriage or by deciding to share a home together.
Ask for a show of hands by anyone who knows adults who have made a family together in one of those ways.
Say, in your own words:
Families come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Some families have one parent; some have two or more. Some families have two mommies or two daddies. Some families don't have any children. Sometimes one person is a family on their own. Sometimes a person and their pets are a family. Some families have grandparents and guardians. Some children have two homes and two families.
If you have time, you may wish to lead the group in sharing stories about different families they know. Or, invite children to make up a pretend family that has a different configuration than their own. Children may like to invent names, ages, and family roles for the people in a "pretend" family.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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