The first Ukrainian book for children on tolerance has been published, and that there are quite a lot of family models in the modern world. And it's time to stop teasing children for the fact that their family is different from the model "mom, dad, me."
The book “Maya and Mamia” was written by Larisa Luschevskaya, a human rights activist, a writer, and a radio broadcaster, to show that it does not matter what the composition of the family, the child’s nationality or how it was conceived. The main thing is that the child grows up among loving people.
The story described in the book is not a familiar fairy tale. This is the story of a girl, Maya, about what children are in her class, what families they are from, and how they differ from each other.
For example, Sofiyka and Solomiya are twin sisters who were conceived using IVF and were called "test tube babies". Another Sofia, an immigrant from Lugansk, does not have a dad, he disappeared, as happens when there is war in the country. Cyril grows up without parents, because they are deprived of parental rights.Eve has a stepfather. And so described 17 stories. Maya herself has two mothers.
In each case, teacher Yulia explains to the children that life is not as simple as we would like. But none of the family stories makes someone better, and someone worse does not give the right to insult or tease someone. After all, the main thing is for children to grow up in a loving family and only this is a sign of its “normality”.
"Maya and I am Mother" is an excellent opportunity to start a conversation with a child about tolerance, about what kind of families there are, about stereotypes and respect for others. After all, sooner or later, children will face the fact that families are different from each other. And how they react to such a fact will depend entirely on their parents.
After all, it would be naive to reckon that at the right moment, next to the child will be the magic Mrs. Julia, who will take over all these "adult conversations."
The book "Maya and I am Mom" can be bought for 150 UAH. on the page of the publishing house "Vidavnitstvo" in. Libraries, family-type orphanages and large families can get the book for free by filling out.