You remember these projects in middle school, right? The ones that make you interview family members and map out which ones have the same eye color, hair line, etc.? They're definitely fun and you do, in fact, learn a lot, but with the change in family structure over the last 20 years, people are suspecting that these projects may now be causing more harm than good.

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loading... reports on an article originally shared by the website Scary Mommy that brings to light issues these projects cause for families made up primarily of adopted children or families that don't fit the mold of a "normal" family unit. For example, what if a child comes from a household with no father? What if there are no grandparents in the picture? The list of "what-if's" seems never-ending.

So, obviously, the expressed concerns are not just dismissable complaints of a lazy parent. The problems these projects present aren't based on a lack of parenting skills or a representation of a dysfunctional household. Sometimes, due to various circumstances, these projects simply just cannot be done.

Does this mean there should be a change in criteria for them? Probably. There should definitely be a substitute project for students whose predicaments match the Family-Tree project gray areas.

After all, there's no reason a school project should make a child feel singled-out based on extenuating circumstances that are no fault of there own.

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