Foster Parenting: One Door Opens, Another Closes

Foster adoption

By Diane Ponist As we are in the heart of the summer, we are also coming to the end of several permanency cases in our house. In a few days court is coming up for “Carmen” which should turn to adoption, and “George” is leaving us forever. Emotions are high and coming from all directions. […]

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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. […]

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LGBT Parents Spotlight Series: Eli and Ido

Eli and Ido

By Brandy Black Dr. Eli and Ido Bendet-Taicher are a married couple and fathers to two daughters that were born via surrogacy.  The couple star in AOL’s groundbreaking docu- series ‘Connected’. TNF: How did you start your family? Ido: We got married in October 2007, and a year afterwards we started working on having kids. […]

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A Gay Dad’s Open Letter on the Heroism of Caitlyn Jenner

A Gay Dad's Letter to Caitlyn Jenner

By Rob Watson When I was ten years old, I remember waking up in bed, cuddled up in my sheet from the night before. As I lay there day dreaming, I tucked the sheet around me imagining it to be a flowing ball gown, elegant, sophisticated and completely feminine. The fantasy came from deep inside […]

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WATCH: Video Tip For Screaming Kids

sad toddler

By Brandy Black With 3 kids there is bound to be a meltdown and my poor wife gets the brunt of it.  Our children are still at that age where all they ask for is Mama (that’s me!)  So Susan has come up with a great trick that works like a charm for parents who […]

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My Son Wants to Wear His Sister’s Clothes

Ben and Ryan digging

By: Amber Leventry “Don’t trip on your dress,” I said this to my son as he climbed the steps in preparation for nap time. Earlier in the day he had taken advantage of his big sister being at school and made himself comfortable in her space. He had also dug through her bins of clothing […]

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Spotlight Series: Danael and Jason

Danael Broussard  and Jason- gay dads

TNF: How did you two meet? Danael: Jason and I met through mutual friends in the fall of 2008. TNF: What made you decide to have kids? Danael: I was previously married to Samuel’s mom.  We divorced in 2008.  I was lucky enough to find an amazing man to be Samuel’s stepdad. TNF: Tell me […]

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

50 secrets about a nine year old

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 […]

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14 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children

Kids of LGBT parents

By: Shannon Ralph If I’ve learned anything from our national news as of late, it’s that our nation desperately needs a hearty dose of compassion. From burning churches to scorching flags to blistering rhetoric, we are a nation sorely lacking. As a parent, I find the deplorable lack of compassion I see in the news […]

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