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Our family is by definition a traditional nuclear family; mum, dad, son and daughter so when I was approached by Mumsnet to blog about my modern family for Matalan, I was keen to explore what makes my nuclear family modern.
Matalan have been trading for 30 years and are celebrating with their Made for Modern Families Campaign.
I have chosen to highlight 3 of the points that apply to my family.
Firstly my cats, yes yes, I am now a fully fledged cat person and consider my cats to be, as BayMax in Big Hero6 said, ” my furry babies.” Along with 1 in 5 families surveyed we consider the cats to be part of our family, it is normal to celebrate my cats birthdays, isn’t it 😉
Secondly my friends – my friends are my family. These girls have been with me through my daughters open heart surgery and then kids coeliac diagnosis. They know me and my little quirks. I trust them and their views and often turn to them for parenting and life advice. I consider their children to be like my own.
Finally I want to talk a little bit about technology and social media. This is the part of the research that struck the biggest cord with me. We, like 2 out of 3 others, use technology to keep in touch with one another. Many a bed time story has been done through FaceTime. We lead very busy lives that involve traveling and this amazing technology has allowed us to be present parents when distance has became and issue. My husband was able to watch my daughters nativity live through face time.
They say it takes a village to raise a child and recently I have found a village of people on social media. I have a group of girls that support and challenge me to be the best version of myself.
I also have a community of people that have been invaluable in helping me deal with kids Coeliac Disease. Through Facebook groups and twitter these people have made me feel supported, without the internet and social media I think it could have been very isolating.
So yes whilst we are a tradition nuclear family we are also very much a modern one! Join me in celebrating the diversity of modern families by posting your family portrait here.
What makes your family modern? This is what other Mumsnet bloggers had to say.
Last week my 5 year old, Frozen obsessed, daughter was invited to a birthday party. This is a short post to say a Massive Thank You to the mum who organized the party.
Eden was provided with her own picnic box of Gluten Free food and a slice of Gluten Free cake. I cannot express my gratitude enough. Eden was included. This extra effort on the mums part made such a difference, and she did with love. It wasn’t a hassle or an inconvenience.
Eden will remember the party because she got to sit with her friends and eat what they were eating and have birthday cake like everyone else. There will be no memories of sitting with no food or not being allowed cake like everyone else. There will be no lasting feeling of exclusion. The only lasting memory will be of meeting the real Elsa!
You know who you are, I cannot thank you enough.