My Twins’ Offers To Help Are Not Helpful

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By: Amber Leventry I walk a messy line between allowing my boys to help me with daily tasks and overriding their demands and little toddler screams of, “I do help!” My willingness to embrace their eagerness so they can achieve independence and life-long skills of knowing how to take care of themselves veers in and […]

Do White Parents Have a Responsibility to Talk About Race?

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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

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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 […]

Spotlight Series: Kimberly and Holly

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TNF: Tell me about your family?  Kimberly: My partner Holly and I were married in New York City 3 years ago on Sept 1, 2011 and we have been together for 5 years. We have a one-year-old daughter, Summer and we will be working on having another child soon. Right now, we are a complete […]

Lesbian Moms On Date Night In Vegas

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By Brandy Black Susan and I make date nights mandatory.  We even indulged on our family trip to Vegas.  Here’s a snippet of our time out. Warning this video contains explicit language. Not for the kids. Here are some more tips for things to do in Vegas: Take the kids to the Aquarium at Mandalay […]

Documenting a Year With Twins And A Toddler

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By: Amber Leventry At least once a week, my partner and I look at each other with a look that refers to many conversations where we have said, “I don’t want to wish their youth away, but I want the boys to be a little older.” I feel guilty for feeling it and guilty for […]

Autistic Son Communicates About Abuse

Diane and Kristin

By Diane Ponist When raising a child with special needs you face struggles that many people could never understand. Of course, there are more rewards than challenges, and we chose our two special needs children. But even with having an advance idea of what to expect, it is still very tough at times. It helps a bit […]