A Gay Father’s Experience With Foster Adoption


By: Ted Peterson Ian and I did an interview which will appear in the newsletter for the Alliance for Children’s Rights about some of the myths of foster adoption. Some of the myths were about whether it was difficult for same-sex couples to adopt (it’s not) and whether the biological parents can take the children […]


Getting Schooled

'Tis the season for pumpkin surprise and school work.

By Ted Peterson We planned a lot before we began the process of adopting. Besides learning what we could from the classes required under Calfornia law, we made a number of changes in our life as a couple. We quit smoking. I sold my two-seater and bought a car I could put a babyseat in. […]


Gay Dad And His Son’s First Movie

My partner and my son as the lights go down and the movie begins.

By: Ted Peterson Carpe Diem is the best advice you can give anyone, and that goes double for parents. If we can just enjoy and appreciate what’s happening today, this minute, with ourselves and our kids, we’d all be so much happier. That’s admittedly easier said than done. It seems we parents are always opining […]


Say No to Sarah Palin and Say No to Spanking

Every once in a while, even the best kid feels the need to be naughty.

By: Ted Peterson I have avoided the subject of discipline, because it is a particularly treacherous subject even within the landmine-strewn subject of childrearing. A few days ago, however, a friend posted on Facebook a video of Bristol Palin, the loathsome daughter of the even more objectionable former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. One might’ve hoped […]


Older But Geyser

Mikey asks, "When I am older, will I braver?"

By: Ted Peterson Getting older is a major point of discussion around our house. For a few months now, Mikey’s been asking everyone -family members, waiters, homeless people, other children, perfect strangers, “What’s your name?” Now, less delightfully, he’s been asking, “How old are you?” He can only count up to 20, so any numbers […]


Clueless Caucasian Parents Doing Their Son’s Afro

To squirm or not to squirm ...

By: Ted Peterson   I think we’ve got a pretty good handle on most aspects of parenting Mikey. The care and feeding of our three-and-a-half-year old hasn’t exactly gotten boring, but the “Oh my God, what the hell are we doing?” moments seem rarer and shallower than once they did. The exception to this is […]



Mikey gets two books at bedtime, but finds time to read all day long.

By: Ted Peterson Youtube, like Wikipedia, IMDB, and other vast databases disguised as websites, sucked me in the other day with a series of legendary music videos, movie moments, and TV commercials. A new modern classic I had almost forgotten is the Yes on Proposition 8 one from 2008, where the child comes home with […]