Why I Hug My Tween (Even When He Complains)

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By: Shannon Ralph I vividly remember my last day as a cool person. I had been living for years—mistakenly—under the assumption that I was a “cool mom.” It’s been five months since that façade crumbled, but it seems like only yesterday. It was a beautiful spring morning when my wife informed me, rather sheepishly, that […]

Video Shows Straight Couples Standing Up for Gay Adoptive Parents

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By Alex Temblador For gay couples, it is sometimes difficult to create a family through adoption. For one, there are still laws like in Mississippi that prevents gay couples from adopting. For two, there are many people in the world that disagree with gay couples adopting and they use their ignorance and hate to harass […]

Target Is Removing Gender-Based Signs In Kids’ Sections

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By Alex Temblador Target has been in the news quite a bit lately. They recently changed their breastfeeding policy to allow women to breastfeed in any part of their store which received an immense amount of gratitude and support from parents. Now, a few days ago, Target released some more great news for parents: they […]

Chinese Dad Fights For Gay Son’s Equal Rights

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By Alex Temblador Homosexuality was decriminalized in China in 1997 and soon after removed from their list of mental illnesses in 2001. The only major gay rights victory in a Chinese court came in December when a court ruled in favor of a gay man, Yang Teng, who sued a clinic for giving him electroshock […]

50 Secrets about Nine-Year-Old Girls (From a Mom in the Trenches)

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By: Shannon Ralph She wants to be cuddled like the little girl she was not so very long ago. Until she doesn’t. Don’t even think about touching her when she doesn’t! You are her very favorite person in the entire world…ever. Seriously. Until five minutes later when she can’t stand the sound of your shrill […]

On The Road Again (With Kids)

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by Tanya Ward Goodman According to my daughter, most things are “creepy” or “awkward.” She decided our road trip to New Mexico had the potential to be both. It would be creepy because we would sleep in the mountains where I grew up and it would be awkward because… well, because everything is awkward. (I […]

6 Tips to Help Parents Teach Their Children About Diversity

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By Alexandra Temblador The modern family is a kaleidoscope of diversity, a kaleidoscope that directly reflects the diverse world we live in. Diversity in the human population can mean a lot of things such as race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, religion, cultural practices, disabilities, and much more. For children, learning about […]

Resources For Parents: Common Sense Media

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By: Shannon Ralph It’s no secret that our children live in a very different world than the one we grew up in. The advent of the internet has drastically broadened our horizons, and advances in technology have placed the whole wide world at our children’s fingertips. These days, media and technology permeate every aspect of […]

LGBT Interfaith Parents Circle Meeting

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LGBT interfaith couples who are, or are considering, raising Jewish children are invited to join the LGBT Interfaith Family Circle, which will be meeting at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza: 1125 N. McCadden Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90038. This group, organized by Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute, is open to everyone who wants to […]

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 […]