Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman

aaaPositive Message – But Check With Parents Before Reading this Book to Your Charges

If you work for a nontraditional family or would like to help sensitize the children you care for to different types of families we recommend reading Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman. But, you should discuss the book with the children’s parents before reading it to their kids.

I like the book because it shows both traditional and nontraditional family units and details the various ways that families are formed in a positive way. It shows the arrival of new members into a family and explores all the different ways a baby or child can become part of a family. The book includes natural birth within a nuclear family, adoption, fostering, same sex families, and many other aspects of bringing babies or children into a family. It even discusses the various ways that children can be conceived ranging from typical conception to IVF to surrogacy.

The book includes 12 double spreads each exploring one theme, and including lots of humor, jokes, and fun along the way. The book shares an important and positive message that every family is different and every family is equally valid and special, no matter how or when the children arrive.

But, many of the concepts may be too complex for some kids or topics the parents would prefer little ones not be exposed to. For example, the story explains two mommies needing to go to a sperm bank and two daddies needing a surrogate to have a baby. That’s a level of sophistication some parents may wish to hold off on sharing with their kids.

But if it’s okay with the parents, this is a great way to introduce different styles of families to kids and that all children are loved and deserve to have families.

You can purchase your own copy of the book by clicking the links above or below:

Welcome to the Family

Dinosaur Feet

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Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Girls and boys of all ages love dinosaurs. Intense interests (like in dinosaurs) are a big confidence booster for kids. So if your nanny kids like dinosaurs encourage the passion. Make these easy dinosaur feet by saving some empty rectangle tissue boxes to use to make this project.

You Will Need:

2 Tissue Boxes
Colorful Tissue Paper
Safety Scissors
Paint Brush
Disposable Cup

What to Do:

1. Prepare by protecting the work surface and gathering supplies. Cut zigzags out of felt. Put glue in a disposable cup.

2. Let the kids rip or cut up pieces of colorful tissue paper. Allow them to decorate the tissue boxes using a paint brush dipped in glue to secure tissue paper to the tissue boxes.

3. Help the kids attach the felt to the front of the tissue boxes as claws.

4. Once dry, crumble up newspaper and stuff enough into the tissue boxes to help the child’s feet fit securely in their dinosaur shoes.

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Blueberry Pierogis

Cooking for Kids My Nanny Family makes pierogis to teach the children a recipe that is part of their Polish heritage. You can fill them with fruits, cheese, potatoes, or meats and serve them for any meal during the day or for dessert. My nanny kids’ favorite filling is blueberries served hot with powdered sugar […]

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Age-Appropriate Books to Discuss Hurricane Florence

Children’s Books About Hurricanes Reading children’s books is always a great way to discuss difficult topics with children. Today I am sharing some children’s books to help nannies, au pairs, and parents have age-appropriate discussions about hurricanes with children. I found these book reviews a year ago by Elizabeth Kennedy and Susan Larson during a […]

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Guess What It Is? Sensory Box

Creative Wednesdays This simple project can provide hours of fun. it is inexpensive and easy to make. Children love using their senses and feeling objects and interesting textures to figure out what items are in the box. Shoe boxes are the perfect size for this project and easy to use due to a removable lid […]

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6 Children’s Books for Rosh Hashanah

Jewish New Year Book Reviews Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. If your nanny kids celebrate the Jewish New Year read some of the following children’s books with them. Have them make cards for friends and family, and make sweet treats and foods to symbolize a sweet new year. For example, your nanny kids […]

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14 Books to Eat What You Read

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Science Detective

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