What's a Family?
Who decides what constitutes a family? And what do you do when yours isn't recognized as one?
This comes from Anne, one of the mothers on the Ellicott City Patch Moms Council:
My parents watch my daughter during the day, and I consider them to be part of our basic family unit. However, if you go looking for family memberships to things, most businesses define it as parents/child. So I can't let my parents use our family zoo membership to take my daughter there without me, and if we all go, they pay separately.
It seems like there should be more flexibility in today's world about how a family is defined. I'd be interested in knowing from other parents in the area how they experience this, and any tips on places that include grandparents in their family definitions.