Ranada C. Shepard’s debut of You Are Not The Only One Whose Parents Were Never Married touches an important topic. She attacks an issue that was once considered embarrassing or something that should be kept silent.
You Are Not The Only One Whose Parents Were Never Married, is a true life story that can help children identify with one another that are in similar situations. As a parent, it was refreshing to see that people can actually co-parent in situations where there are two sets of parents involved with one child or children.
While reading You Are Not The Only One, I reflected on growing up in the 1970’s and having a few friends that had separated, divorced or parents who were never married and it was something that was not acceptable or was a topic that was not spoken of in my household. Now, in 2012 times have clearly changed and many children have to deal with similar situations like having parents who were never married and have to find ways to deal with the situation. Through, her writing Shepard displays the importance of a child’s feelings and many times this is often overlooked.
This book, demonstrates that adults can behave maturely and bring two families together and the child or children that are affected by this know they are loved. This is must read for children and adults if you are dealing with a similar situation. Reading this will allow your child to see they are not the only one.