Call for less mum and dad mentions in children's books

January 24, 2019

Children’s author Tenielle Stoltenkamp is calling for children's books to feature less mentions of the traditional family unit, consisting of mum, dad and the kids in order to promote more diverse families.

The Conservative Party rejects the call as it strongly supports the traditional family unit as the basis of fostering a civil society.

The Advertiser reports, Ms Stoltenkamp (pictured centre) has just released a new book called “My Family Doesn’t Look Like Your Family” after struggling to find appropriate books to read to children growing up in foster care.

Her book deliberately does not include genders, titles, traditional family roles, or race with gender fluid illustrations and by uses numbers to tell the story.

The book has had a mixed reaction, with some saying it goes too far and is an attempt to dim stories about mums and dads.

Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies Anne Hollonds said while there was largely more acceptance of diverse families, there weren’t necessarily more diverse families in Australian society compared to decades ago.

“It’s probably not the case that there has been a massive increase in different non-traditional forms of families in Australian society.”

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