BE will be in first grade in the fall, and so far we’ve avoided the dreaded family tree project. I’m quite certain that this will come up while she’s in elementary school, and I’m not looking forward to it. But, I recently read an article in the New York Times titled, “Who’s on the Family Tree? Now it’s Complicated.” The author states that in school, family trees are becoming less common because there are so many “alternative” family situations today. The article features opinions from a sperm donor, surrogate mother, and adoptive parents, among others. I hope the article is accurate in its statement that schools, and people in general, are becoming more aware and accepting of these “alternative” ways to form families.
If you have time, the article is worth a read. And, tell us about your experience with family trees and how you have approached it.