A Gay Dad Asks, Is One Child Not Enough?

An Only Child

By Henry Amador Our adopting via foster care story continues here in North Carolina. As some of you know, we are licensed to take in two children and have previously expressed our willingness to adopt a sibling group. My husband wants a house full and our son will gladly say that he wants a brother […]

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Picky Eaters: Pick A Little, Talk A Lot, Pick A Little

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By Ann Brown/ Parenting consultant Picky eaters. I was reluctant to write on this subject, as I have no experiential reference for it.  I don’t think I have even ever said those two words together. I come from a “happy to eat it” people; maybe it was those forty years wandering the desert that took […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Single Dad ISO Puke Bucket

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By Hamid Newberry The boys woke at their mom’s house Easter morning, and after diving into their Easter baskets full of toys and candy, I picked them up at noon. This was my first holiday experience since my wife and I separated, so I got to feel the strangeness that comes with two separate celebrations […]

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

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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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