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Inclusive Language Teachers Should Use

The world is filled with untraditional families.
When I was a child, I often lived with different family members who were not my parents. When my teachers would ask, "What did your mom say?" or tell us to give things to our parents, I felt like I was living a lie or that something was wrong with me because my home life was different.
I wasn't brave enough to say, "My mom isn't around," so I would just say, "My mom said _____" and then, I felt like a liar.
As a teacher myself, I try to use inclusive language to let children know that love comes in all types of human form and that doesn't only or always mean "mom" and "dad."
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