Clyde Holmes, the husband and father in the TTMF puppet family, has some advice to give you about the importance of family ties and sticking together no matter the situation. Clyde and his wife Julia have a sweet and thoughtful daughter named Kelly, who for many years was an only child. The time came when the family was ready to grow and Clyde has lots to share about how they were able to teach the value of family to Kelly at this special time.
We heard that some children may worry that they will be forgotten so Julia and I thought long and hard about how we should tell Kelly we were expecting another baby. We sat down with Kelly and made sure Kelly knew that she was still our treasured daughter, and that she would always have her own meaningful place in our hearts no matter the size of our family.
We taught Kelly the phrase “Blood Thicker dan Water”, and explained that she would now have the good fortune of being an older sibling.
Thick and Thin
While we wanted to focus on the positive side of things and the excitement of having a new sibling, we also made sure to provide a balanced perspective for Kelly. With the good times also comes the challenging ones and we wanted to make sure Kelly learned about maintaining family loyalty in the best and worst of times. For instance, being a sibling also means that Kelly now has the responsibility to look out for her new brother or sister.
Together, Julia and I developed a list of habits we try to keep up in our family, and we’re happy to share them with you as well.