Family is the place we usually start life and hopefully get a good start. At least for the lucky among us it remains a constant and important influence throughout our lives with parents, grandparents, aunt, uncles, cousins and more always interested in what we are doing or feeling and there to give us advice and support if we have a problem.

Sometimes we are enveloped and fully engaged in family life and at other times we might drift away as we grow up and explore our place in the world. We usually come closer again as we form our own families and settle down. But there are no hard and fast rules.

There are as many types of families as there are people getting together

Mum, Dad and Kids or Mum and Mum and Kids, or Dad and Step-Mum and Kids, Dad and Dad and Kids, or Grandma, Grandpa and grandkids, or…or… or so many ways to make a family today each one special!!

its often extended to include Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, godparents, cousins, nieces, nephews, …

Some couples come together and then come children

Some come because they are brought together by fostering, adoption, blending of two families, IVF or more ……

Some start bigger and get smaller as someone leaves and its then Mum and kids or Dad and Kids or just the kids ….

Some are families by choice – they are the friends who are so close and are in your life all the time

They are all families no matter their shape
They all bring love and caring into your life
They all matter to you

Families come in all shapes and sizes
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