Foster Adoption: Making Space

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By Jillian Lauren For those of you who don’t know, we’re in the process of getting certified by Los Angeles County to adopt a child through the foster care system. That’s a picture of our CPR/first aid training (if you’re looking to do it, we highly recommend Ron Calloway). Whenever I post about some new […]

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 […]

Family Travel: Real Life and Its Skunks

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By Jillian Lauren I’m sitting at the very far corner of the coffee shop this morning, because I still smell vaguely of the skunk that sprayed our dog for the fourth time in a month. We’re calling the movie of our life right now, Skunkageddon: Revenge of the Rodents. We hired a company to humanely […]

Meeting The Gods In Athens: Greece Part 1

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By Jillian Lauren We’re back from our Greek odyssey, and in only two California days, the blue-green Mediterranean water and the hot, star-canopied nights eating grilled octopus while stray cats circled our feet seems years ago already. But what memories we made! Before we left, I was nervous about taking T on such an epic […]

Foster Care Parents: Read Instructions Carefully

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By Glenn Bresci Why does everyone keep saying that children don’t come with an instruction manual? Sure they do. I use one all the time. I can never have children of my own, my lazy sperm made sure of that. However, since becoming a foster carer, I always read the instruction manual for each foster […]

Mother & Author: Coming Home

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By Jillian Lauren I’m back, friends! I got home from my wonderful (if exhausting) book tour during Tariku’s last week of school and crashed full force into the daily minutia of life. The every day-ness of waking stupid early, making breakfast, facing piles of laundry and cleaning dog throw-up was both an enormous relief and […]

How Do You Get Your Kid To Practice Playing Their Instrument?

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By Jillian Lauren Tariku loves music. He’s a terrific drummer and an even better dancer. But lately his music lessons have been becoming more and more of a pain, with whining and wheedling and foot-dragging and falling off the piano bench onto the floor once every 30 seconds. Even with Scott’s monk-like patience, it’s enough […]

Shadow Puppets: When The Stuffed Animals Get More Time-Outs Than The Kid

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By Jillian Lauren I’m having a challenging time balancing my upcoming book release with my mommy-ing… Add homeschooling Tariku’s stuffed animals, and my schedule is way overbooked. Here’s a picture of Tigey and Willie doing their math homework. Tariku is very serious about their education. He wrote out a whole schedule for me (Monday: Library, […]

A Mother’s Quest For A Freedom Flight

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By Meika Rouda I don’t usually like to celebrate my birthday. I don’t know why it is such a big deal, it is just another day. And since I eat cake more often than I should and shop diligently online late at night when no one is watching, I don’t need extra calories or presents. […]