NCRW Real Deal Blog and Non-traditional Families
Over at the National Council for Research on Women’s blog, The Real Deal, there is a really interesting forum of blog posts on non-traditional families, in honor of the 15th annual National Parent’s Day, which was on Sunday.
Generally, this holiday is used to promote the image of two-parent, “traditional” families. The National Parent’s Day website describes the day:
“Since the creation of this annual day of commemoration, local faith communities, elected officials and activists throughout the nation have creatively launched many activities around the theme of Parents’ Day designed to celebrate and strengthen the traditional, two-parent family. The National Parents’ Day Council does not envision Parents’ Day to be yet “another” day to honor parents, but rather a day when parents honor their children and the God-centered family ideal by rededicating themselves to manifest the highest standard of unconditional true love.”
A description that doesn’t universally apply to the families I know by any means. And they are perfectly happy, healthy, wonderful people who also “manifest the highest standard of unconditional true love.”
The NCRW knows how out of check “traditional families” are with reality and wants to reclaim National Parent’s Day by demonstrating the beautiful diversity of families in the United States.
There are some really awesome posts up. There are posts by Deborah Siegel on being pregnant in a recession; by Rebekah Spicuglia on non-custodial parenting; by Amanda Harris on the LGBTQ Families movement; and by Amy Sueyoshi on recognizing caregivers. I also happen to have one up on the culture/religion of my family and feminism. Though it’s from my perspective, I wrote it with my Dad – his first blog post ever! He tried to write it like a business letter and it was amusing. Luckily, I stepped in.
Please go check it out – there aren’t really a lot of comments up and I think it’s really important to enforce the idea that not every family has a Mommy, Daddy and 2.5 kids that live in a 3 bedroom house in a gated community. Diversity is beautiful!
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