The Great Gay Marriage Anticlimax

marriage equality announcement

By: Shannon Ralph Friday, June 26th, 2015 was an historic day. A day for jubilation. For contemplation. For commemoration. It was a day when Facebook exploded in rainbow colors and love flooded my Twitter feed. It was a day when my family was finally seen. My family was recognized. Legitimized. Sanctioned and admitted to the […]

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One Boy, Two Moms, and THE Question

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By: Shannon Ralph It happened. Sooner than we expected. More suddenly than we anticipated. Out of the blue, actually. While we were out of state on a hard-earned family vacation, our 12-year-old son asked us the question we had been dreading for years. Can you tell me about my donor? “Donor” is a word that’s […]

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20 Ways That Parenting Styles Differ Around The World

Parenting Around the World

By: Shannon Ralph You’ve read all the parenting books. You’ve dutifully attended parenting classes. You are an active member of the PTA. You watch Dr. Phil. In short, you consider yourself a well-informed and conscientious parent. But have you ever considered that perhaps the American model of child-rearing is not the be-all and end-all? There […]

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Resources For Parents: Common Sense Media

Kids and media

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 […]

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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

Women's Basketball

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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Partying With Kids

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  By: Shannon Ralph Being a forty-something woman smack dab in the prime of my child-rearing years, most of my friends have children around the same age as mine. Occasionally, I will make the naively optimistic decision to invite all of my friends—and their children—to my house for dinner. Or a barbecue. Or a game […]

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Mom Decisions I Make Every Day

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By: Shannon Ralph There are numerous decisions that have to be made when one chooses to have children. Some are rather large, crucial decisions—bottle versus breast, to circumcise or not, letting the baby cry it out or co-sleeping. Others are seemingly insignificant—should I share the last Oreo or swallow it whole while hiding behind the […]

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15 Surefire Ways to Survive Another Snow Day

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By: Shannon Ralph It’s been snowing for two weeks straight, your car is buried (likely until May), your hair is a gigantic ball of static atop your head, your skin closely resembles the Australian freshwater crocodile despite lathering your entire body surface in lotion ten times a day, and you can’t seem to find a […]

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A Teacher’s Nightmare Show-And-Tell

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By: Shannon Ralph I’ve been thinking a lot lately about things I hate. I know the current trend amongst fully actualized adults is to focus on things you love—those things for which you are most grateful—but frankly, I don’t have it in me today. I’ve spent the entire day laying on the couch, nursing a […]

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