Emma Watson’s Speech Pissed Me Off, and Here is Why

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By: Shannon Ralph I love Emma Watson. I truly adore her as much as I am capable of adoring a person that I have never met. It may seem odd for a 42-year-old lesbian mom to be a rabid fan of a 24-year-old “Harry Potter girl” (as she described herself in her recent impassioned speech […]

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How We Used A Salsa Jar To Conceive

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By Christina Soletti In September 2010 our beautiful daughter Beatrice Rinn was born to her two mamas — thanks in part to a salsa jar. Yes, you read that right. Patty and I have been legally married since 2008 — we were one of the 18,000 couples that were able to marry during the short […]

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Conversations With My Son: When Will I Get New Parents?

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    By Brent Almond It had been just under a week since we returned from a cross-country trip to visit our son’s birth parents. It had been just two days since our four-and-a-half year old started in his new preschool class. Papa was out of town, so Jon and I were chatting over dinner […]

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Spotlight Series: Kara and Jaclyn

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    Sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States     Spotlight Series: Kara and Jaclyn TNF: Tell me about your family. How did you meet your partner? Do you have kids? KARA: Jaclyn and I met in high school and were close friends. I secretly had a crush on her […]

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Spotlight Series: Lori and Melissa

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    Sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States     Spotlight Series: Lori and Melissa TNF: Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids?  LORI: Melissa and I have been together since 2002. We are not currently married. We both agree that marriage isn’t something […]

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How to Get Your Tween to Do His Homework in 50 Easy Steps

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By: Shannon Ralph Homework is the bane of my existence. It’s not that I am necessarily anti-homework. I get it. I see the value of the concept—the otherworldly, ethereal, high level, metaphysical abstraction of it. I understand the need for homework to reinforce the tiny shreds of algebraic knowledge my son’s harried teacher is able […]

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45 Big Fat Lies Parents Tell Themselves Every Day

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By: Shannon Ralph I’m a liar. I will readily admit it. I lie to my children. (“Santa only brings new toys to kids who empty the dishwasher.”) I lie to my wife. (“It was on sale.”) I lie to my doctor. (“I walk on the treadmill every day.”) I lie to my mother. (“Thanks for […]

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5 Questions You Should Never Ask a Lesbian Mom

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By: Shannon Ralph Recently, my family and I found ourselves in a rather uncomfortable situation. We had stopped into a hair salon—Great Clips or Costcutters or one of those quickie-no-appointment-necessary places—to get haircuts for our boys. The hairdresser who ushered Nicholas to a waiting chair had extraordinarily big hair and an even bigger voice. In […]

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On The Road (To Gay Daddyhood) Again! Part Two, Shaking the Gays Away.

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By Henry Amador: So we began our MAPP classes this past August 26th, 2014. MAPP being the State-required class to license as a Foster or Adoptive parent, Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting. In part one I shared how my husband and I were a part of a very special group when we licensed in […]

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10 Things I Would Tell My Daughter (If She Would Only Listen)

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By: Shannon Ralph My daughter is eight years old. Eight is a tough age. Our days consist of equal parts unabashed adoration and seething contempt. Sometimes I know everything. Some days I am supermom. Those are the good days. Those are the days when my Sophie feels like the baby girl I fell in love […]

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