Friend Connection

Different Kinds of Families

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Use the Friend magazine to help your family understand a different sensitive topic each month.

Families are part of Heavenly Father’s plan. Like people, they come in different shapes and sizes. Sometimes it may seem like there are “perfect families” all around us, but in reality, this world is made up of imperfect people in family units just trying to figure things out. That’s right, no family is perfect! You can use these articles from this month’s Friend to talk to your children about different families and set goals for your own family.

“Goodly Grandparents” (page 8)

Andrew is self-conscious about a school activity because he is being raised by grandparents. But then he has a great experience when his grandpa comes to school. What makes your family wonderful and unique?

“Funstuff: Different Families” (page 10)

This activity illustrates that no two families are exactly the same. Though every family is different, what do you notice that is the same?

“A Different Kind of Pioneer” (page 28)

Gabby learns that even though she doesn’t have any ancestors who wore bonnets and pulled handcarts, she has ancestors who were pioneers in other important ways. Who are the pioneers in your family? See the activity on page 18.