Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~ Jane Howard
When I think of family, I think of my children, my husband, my parents and siblings and now their respective spouses/partners and children (my sweet nieces and nephew), my parents-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.
I am reminded of the memories I have built with each one and how each member of my family has molded and touched my life in a special way.
When I think of family, I also think of the close friends in my life — although not related by blood, they have proven that family is what you make it. They have stood by me and weathered the storms as well as delighted in all the blessings; always there when I need them, even if far away.
When I think of family, I am reminded of the hardships that we have had to overcome throughout the years, commemorate the beautiful lives of those that have passed away, the relationships that have blossomed, the ones that sadly slipped through our fingers and crumbled…
unfortunately, sometimes we cannot choose who comes and who stays.
The ones that do stay, safeguard and cherish them. They are more precious than gold… and like fudge… mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
I do love my nuts!
It’s always fun to have a diverse family culture, we are all so different and it’s what makes us even more special. Sometimes, they can certainly drive me up the wall, but at the end of the day (or week if I need some space…), I know they’ll always be there, as will I.
Something I teach my children is that families come in all shapes and sizes.
When my daughter came home from school last year asking me why a classmate has two moms but no dad or why another classmate has a step-mom (and what is a step-parent?), I figured it was time to enlighten her on the different kinds of amazing families there are out there.
She often asks me as well why our family is small compared to her friend who has so many cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. I always tell her it’s not the quantity but the quality.
And she feels the love. SO much.
We are a small yet mighty circle and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I wanted to make it visually educating for her as well, so I turned to none other than Netflix to show her the examples of the different kinds of families.
She loves watching Full House with me (as much as I did when I was a young girl) and of course there are many children and family movies and shows that she already enjoys that display the unique forms of family.
Here are some of our favourite choices currently streaming on Netflix that you can enjoy with your family!
The latest Netflix original to air is Grace and Frankie.
Netflix’s new funny and fearless original comedy featuring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, is a perfect example of how today’s families can shift, rearrange and blend in unexpected ways. When Grace and Frankie’s husbands leave them after 40 years of marriage—to be with each other—the women find themselves facing a change they never expected. They shift their perspective to get through it together, with the support of their new blended family and, of course, a sense of humour.
What do you love most about your family? What makes them uniquely perfect?