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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-25-2007, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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This sucks!

My ds brought homework home this weekend, and it's a family tree activity. It sucks because his father isn't involved at all, nothing. I'm not sure what to do. No one from his fathers side is involved either. No grandparents, nothing.

We've talked about our family being unique to us, and it being special because it's ours. And we celebrate what we do have.

But how do we do this, I don't want my ds to feel uncomfortable in class, if his family tree is different.

Do I give him the info? What if when he's talking about it in class, he gets upset?

Anyone have any ideas? WWYD?
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Could he not just do your side? Maybe add an extra generation (if you know your family history that far back) so his tree looks as big as everyone else's?

Does he have to present it in front of the class?
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Thanks for responding.

He will be doing a presentation eventually, they also have to do an interview with a family member, and a short time line. So the presentation will involve those three things.

I think we will do just my side. It just makes me a little sad, that my ds has to go through this.
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I guess I'll be looking forward to this too. I don't know Reese's dad's side of the family history beyond his parents, and I sure as hell wouldn't want to phone him to ask Click here to enlarge

I hope no-one says anything to him about it Click here to enlarge
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We haven't had to deal with this yet but it got me thinking...every kid in dd's class except one is a single parent kid.

Kinda sad, isn't it?

Guess we'll be dealing with this one day too...
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Ask your son how he wants to deal with it. If he wants to put information about his fathers family see if you can get information like that from Ancestry.com. Do you have any Mormon friends who might be able to look up information (even if you are not Mormon, often someone has done the work for your family). The local LDS temple usually has a Family History center.

If he doesn't want to include his father explain it to the teacher, I'm sure she/he has dealt with this before.

Family History is so much fun. I have learned so much finding out information about my ancestors. I found my birthmother through Ancestry.com.
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I talked to my ds last night and he doesn't want to put anything about his absent father. So we're going to get creative and make our own sheet. Not use the one they sent home. He's excited about adding his favorite aunt and uncle, and his "Jimmy Canoe" (step grandpa's nickname Click here to enlarge)

I spoke to one of his teachers this morning, and she said to do whatever works for us. She actually asked another parent to come over to talk to us, because this other parent is a grandmother raising her 3 grandkids. So she had some ideas on who to add to the tree etc.

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We haven't had to deal with this yet but it got me thinking...every kid in dd's class except one is a single parent kid.

Kinda sad, isn't it?
Shellofmyformerself, wow that's a long name Click here to enlarge. And a lot of single parent families. Before my ds started school, I kinda made myself feel better by assuming that in this day and age there would be more single parent families at school. That my ds wouldn't be the only one, and he's definitely not the only one in the school, but he is the only one in his class from a single parent home. Which really surprises me.

We'll see how things go tomorrow when he brings it to school to work on the good copy. Fingers crossed it goes ok for him.
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