Yesterday was my mother and stepfather’s 33rd anniversary.
My mom and I remember her wedding day a little differently. She claims my sister and I cried the whole time. I recall her standing in the judges’ chambers in a lace dress, followed by a dinner of chicken with pink peppercorns and a croque en bouche for dessert. Nonetheless, it was another milestone in being part of a blended family—a term that didn’t exist 33 years ago, but is a reality for about one in eight Canadian children today.
My parents split when I was five, and in the 70s that meant that some kids weren’t allowed to play at my “broken home.” My family is complicated, but I don’t ever think of it as broken. My family is what it is—imperfectly perfect.
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Now my kids get the amazing gift of having three grandfathers and three grandmothers to spoil and adore them. They don’t think my family is broken (especially around gift-giving occasions). They don’t differentiate between biological grandparents and step-grandparents—nor do I want them to.
However, stepfamilies are just one kind of family that Honey Maid has included in their #ThisIsWholesome campaign. They debuted a commercial in March that featured both gay and mixed race families, as well. After they received negative reactions to the commercial, they hired two artists make a beautiful art installation with all the viewer feedback. (I think that is my favourite video they have done.)
The #ThisIsWholesome campaign is just another example of advertisers using their power to create viral videos with a progressive social message. We've seen Cheerios, Dove and Always do the same thing. It's an encouraging trend.
I'm just going to wish everyone a Happy Stepfamily Day—especially to my step-parents who have added incalculable value to my life, and the lives of my relatives. As Honey Maid says: “Whether it’s one house or two, love is what makes a family wholesome.”
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