The 12 Commandments for Parenting a 12-Year-Old Boy

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By: Shannon Ralph I adore my son. I love him with all my heart. I do, however, find myself sometimes marveling at the unparalleled anomaly that is a 12-year-old boy. Not yet a teen. No longer a little kid. My son is taller than me. Hairier. His feet are huge. His socks smell. He’s opinionated. […]

NCLR Launches Campaign To Reform State Parenting Laws

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By The Seattle Lesbian  Tuesday the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) launched its #Equality4Families campaign to raise awareness about the need to reform state laws so that they fully protect LGBT parents’ rights to care for their children. The campaign launch comes on the heels of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court freedom to marry victory, […]

Do White Parents Have a Responsibility to Talk About Race?


By: Shannon Ralph   Recently, my 9-year-old son began taking swim lessons at one of our local Minneapolis YWCA locations. On the first day of his class, we had planned a family dinner out afterwards, so my wife, my other two children, and I marched into the YWCA hand in hand as a show of […]

The Outcome & The Oncologist


By Tanya Dodd-Hise One week out from surgery.  The pain is intense; the drains are annoying as hell.  My post-op appointment with my surgeon is today, and I am SO hoping that she will remove at least one of the drains today. We get to my appointment right on time, and are taken back right […]

I Adopted My Own Children

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By: Heather Somaini Yes, you read that correctly. I adopted my own genetically biological children. As same sex marriage continues to evolve in our great state of California and across the country, you might think that just having children and then getting your name put on their birth certificate would be everything a parent would […]

An Interview with Heather Somaini

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Interview with Heather Somaini by The Next Family The Next Family thought it would be fun to begin conducting interviews with our writers to get to know them a bit better. If you have any questions of your own, feel free to ask Heather in the comments section.  TNF: How has it been blogging for […]