This week we're taking a slightly different approach. Rather than just look at specific families around the world, we're looking at a few tools that can help us understand a little more about all families around the world more generally.
That includes a great photo essay on what families around the world eat in an average week and how much they spend on that food, some interesting facts about families in all regions of the world and also some tools to help teach children how other families live.
WHAT THE WORLD EATS
A couple of years ago, Time magazine highlighted some great pictures from a book, called "Hungry Planet". In the book, families around the world were asked to spread out everything they ate in a week in front of them and to calculate the cost. The end result is nothing short of amazing.
Time provided pictures form the book in a 2-part photo essay.
THE FAMILY FACTBOOK
Ever wanted to find out facts on family life from all regions of the world? Then this might just be the link you've been looking for.
This family fact book, provided by Po Bronson, has a bunch of information about families from everywhere.
A warning though - it's very addictive, so make sure you have some time before you click on that link!
FAMILIES OF THE WORLD SERIES
If you've been looking for ways to help children learn about families from all over the world then the Families of the World DVD series might be for you.
To quote from the site - "Families of the World takes you on a fantastic journey to another country where you view the unique lives of two children and their families. Each video focuses on a different culture, their way of life, family attraction, communities, schools and homes of two families -- from breakfast to bedtime and all the fun-filled activities in between."
Each DVD costs US$29.95 so getting every part of the series is probably not possible for many people, but it might be worth speaking to your local school to see if they can purchase some of them as teaching aids.
That's it for this week's Families Around the World.
If you have any amazing family stories you think our blog readers would like to hear about, feel free to put some info and a link in the comments to this post and we'll see if we can add it to next week's edition of FAW.