Another Shooting, A Mother’s Rant

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By: Shannon Ralph Today began like any other day. This morning, my alarm went off at 6:30 AM, and I rolled out of bed. Bleary-eyed and cursing Mondays, I woke my three children one by one. Milk was poured. Pop-Tarts were consumed. Teeth were brushed. Hair was combed. Shoes were tied and back-packs were zipped. […]

The Spanking Debate


By Diane Ponist For many recent years, the debate has lingered about what is considered spanking and what is child abuse. Many adults are outraged with the conversation of “back in the day, it was the way of discipline and I learned my lesson”. But is that what we want to instill in our children? […]

Spotlight Series: Two Moms Miriam and Amber

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The Next Family: How did you start your family? Miriam:  When I was young I always told myself that I didn’t want to have kids, but in 2010, all of a sudden I got that feeling that I wanted to be a mom no matter what.  Axel was born on February 6, 2011. The Next Family: […]

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 Invisible Girl

The Invisible girl

By Shannon Ralph My nine-year-old daughter likes boys. Not in a boy-band-posters-covering-her-bedroom-wall sort of way. Not in a gushing-and-squealing-loudly-because-OMG-NIALL-IS-SO-CUTE! sort of way. Not in any pre-pubescent romantic sense whatsoever. She simply likes to hang out with boys. It only makes sense. Sophie has a twin brother who is her very best friend in the world. […]

Dude Ranch: Tanque Verde Inclusive To All


By Brandy Black I’ve never been to a Dude Ranch before but I really wanted our children to get out of the city and experience ranch life so we ventured to Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.  I had no idea what to expect accept for extremely hot weather in the dead of summer. The […]

Serving In The Military Under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

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By Mel and Mandi Can anyone see us holding hands in the car? There is a military sticker on the window. Is there anyone we work with in the movie theater with us? I want to give you a kiss. Has anyone followed me to your house? I want to stay with you. Serving in […]