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Children accept the changing shape of family—it’s grown-ups who are the problem

If only the rest of the world were as accepting as the under-fives

Illustration: Kate Hazell

If you were to ask my daughter who is in our immediate family, she’d tell you myself, her grandmother, her pram and her auntie—in that order. Sometimes our car gets a billing, too. The humans in that list were all present at her birth while the pram shares our home, giving it a status adjacent to that of family pet. What unites us, humans and vehicles alike, is that we…

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