The Importance of Family Acceptance

January 30, 2021

Quote of the Week

"Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect." - Brene Brown

The Importance Of Family Acceptance

"Acceptance or a sense of belonging within the family context can be understood as a two-way process. In one way, it is about recognising and meeting your child’s needs and rights, about protecting, providing for and caring for your child. In the second way, it is also about allowing your child to have opportunities to express personal agency and creativity, about your child feeling able to contribute, love and care for others, to take on responsibilities, fulfill roles and share in collective celebration (Woodhead and Brooker, 2008).

Knowing they are accepted with a sense of belonging to the family is fundamental to any child’s well-being and happiness, and also to the development of a positive identity. Belonging lays the foundation for a strong and resilient sense of self – a self which can be sustained through transitions into the wider world and through subsequent experiences that may be less affirming and inclusive (Woodhead and Brooker, 2008)." This week's article highlights how a sense of belonging forms the foundation for children to feel safe and secure, which is so important to keep in mind with the current context of the pandemic and lockdowns globally. [Read Article]

Reading Corner

Title: Coo
By: Kaela Noel
Ages: 8-12

"Ten years ago, an impossible thing happened: a flock of pigeons picked up a human baby who had been abandoned in an empty lot and carried her, bundled in blankets, to their roof. Coo has lived her entire life on the rooftop with the pigeons who saved her. It’s the only home she’s ever known. But then a hungry hawk nearly kills Burr, the pigeon she loves most, and leaves him gravely hurt.

Coo must make a perilous trip to the ground for the first time to find Tully, a retired postal worker who occasionally feeds Coo’s flock, and who can heal injured birds. Tully mends Burr’s broken wing and coaxes Coo from her isolated life. Living with Tully, Coo experiences warmth, safety, and human relationships for the first time. But just as Coo is beginning to blossom, she learns the human world is infinitely more complex and cruel than she could have imagined. Coo examines the bonds that make us family, the possibilities of love, and the importance of being true to yourself." -- Publisher

Be the Change

Create a Family Manifesto to foster a sense of belonging for all of your family members. Follow the steps in this helpful guide, which offers useful seed questions for discussion as a family as you develop your collective manifesto.