In a few weeks, J starts “big kid school” and this is the letter I will be giving to her new teacher:
Hi Miss C — I am excited for J to be in your class this year; she’s excited for school to start.
I would like to explain a little bit about our family. We are a mom-and-kid family – I am an SMC – a single mother by choice. There is no father involved in J’s life, nor has there ever been; there was no divorce, separation or death. Of course, J has an extended family, a Nana and many “aunties” and “uncles” (but no father and no brothers or sisters).
J’s understanding of our family structure is evolving. One of her favorite books is “The Family Book,” which explains that families come in all sizes and configurations. We also read an age-appropriate story about her unconventional conception. I bring this to your attention mainly because sometimes J likes to talk to her imaginary friends, which include a sister, a brother and (occasionally) a daddy, which can be confusing for people. I want to assure you that J doesn’t need to be corrected; her imaginaries are important to her. However, it is helpful for her teachers to understand when she is pretending.
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