Spotlight Series: David & Alex

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TNF: How did you start your family?  DAVID: Our son Maxwell came to us through adoption. After weighing our options, we decided an open adoption would be the best choice for us. Because while we were open to the sex and nationality, we weren’t open to babies that were exposed to drugs and alcohol. What […]

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I Hope My Children Feel Loved Even on My Toughest Parenting Days

Me reading with the kids on Easter morning

By: Amber Leventry Even during my worst parenting moments, I will not call myself a bad parent. It not only diminishes all of the good parenting I do, but it’s just not true. I am not a bad parent, but I am far from a perfect parent. Some days, on the really, really hard days […]

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Video: Lesbian Moms And The Pressure To Wear A Dress

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Lesbian moms went to a 20s themed fundraiser for their daughter’s school and one of them went out of her comfort zone and wore a dress.  Here they discuss the event and what their children call them and they are navigating gender.

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Made by Raffi: A Children’s Book About Gender Stereotypes and a Boy Who Knits

Raffi in Yarn Shop

By: Amber Leventry Raffi is a schoolboy who doesn’t like rough and rowdy play. He likes calm and quiet; he dresses a bit differently than the other boys; he feels different. Like most kids, Raffi isn’t sure what that means, but then he finds his passion when a teacher teaches him how to knit. Raffi […]

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A Gay Dad Comes Clean On His Less Than Angelic Little Angel

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By Henry Amador I recently dropped my son of at his grandmothers home for a three day visit. After saying my goodbyes, giving him big kisses and hugs, honking the car horn for him one last time (he adores car horns) and blowing him one final kiss, I headed towards the highway. I wasn’t more […]

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Why I Sing Loudly At Whole Foods

How to deal with tantrums in public places

By Jillian Lauren “She used to sing musical theater loud in the grocery store,” said Scott, when we and the other people in our foster parent training were talking about what sort of strategies we might use to address public tantrums. “I did?” I asked. “Don’t you remember that?” he seemed shocked. “Oh yeah, I […]

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Spotlight Series: Billy & William

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TNF: How did you meet your partner? William: Billy and I met in 2007 and went on a few dates before we fell out of touch. 4 years later we reconnected and have been together ever since. We live in Marietta, Georgia near Atlanta and bought our house in 2013. Billy is an accountant and […]

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Why Medicating Your Child Isn’t A Terrible Thing To Do

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By Meika Rouda No parent wants to drug their child. I really believe no one. While the media would have us think that American parents are all eagerly waiting on line to grab ADHD drugs or anxiety medication or anti depressants for their children, it just isn’t true. Medication is the last resort, when everything […]

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Self-esteem and the Dreaded Piano

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By: Shannon Ralph “I’ll never be good enough,” Sophie says as she frowns at the musical notes on the page. “I’m just stupid.” These are words that can cut straight to the heart of any parent. Words that feel like a punch in the stomach, and can instantly take your breath away. No parent wants […]

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A Lesson in Feminism and Basketball from My Eight-Year-Old Daughter

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By Shannon Ralph As a born and bred Kentuckian, I am a self-avowed addict, and my drug of choice is basketball. More specifically, University of Kentucky men’s basketball. As such, this time of year—March Madness—is my Christmas. My Easter. My celebration of all that is good and right and holy in the world. My children […]

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