50 Great (Non-Animated!) Movies to Watch with Your Tween

Top 50 movies for kids

By: Shannon Ralph It’s getting to be that time of the year. The days are shorter. The nights are longer. Soon it will be too cold to go outside and play. Too cold to leave the house. Then the whining will begin. “I’m bored.” “I have nothing to do.” “This place is soooooo bo-ring.” Then […]

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10 Lessons I Want My Son to Learn Before He Becomes a Teenager

Things I want my son to learn

By: Shannon Ralph I have an amazing eleven year old son. He is smart. He makes me laugh every day. He is kind and he is generous. And despite my nightly pleading to the universe to please—for the love of God—slow down time, my son is becoming a man before my very eyes. He is […]

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Emma Watson’s Speech Pissed Me Off, and Here is Why

Emma Watson speech

By: Shannon Ralph I love Emma Watson. I truly adore her as much as I am capable of adoring a person that I have never met. It may seem odd for a 42-year-old lesbian mom to be a rabid fan of a 24-year-old “Harry Potter girl” (as she described herself in her recent impassioned speech […]

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How to Get Your Tween to Do His Homework in 50 Easy Steps

Getting tweens to do homework

By: Shannon Ralph Homework is the bane of my existence. It’s not that I am necessarily anti-homework. I get it. I see the value of the concept—the otherworldly, ethereal, high level, metaphysical abstraction of it. I understand the need for homework to reinforce the tiny shreds of algebraic knowledge my son’s harried teacher is able […]

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45 Big Fat Lies Parents Tell Themselves Every Day

Lies parents tell themselves

By: Shannon Ralph I’m a liar. I will readily admit it. I lie to my children. (“Santa only brings new toys to kids who empty the dishwasher.”) I lie to my wife. (“It was on sale.”) I lie to my doctor. (“I walk on the treadmill every day.”) I lie to my mother. (“Thanks for […]

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5 Questions You Should Never Ask a Lesbian Mom

mommy mom and me

By: Shannon Ralph Recently, my family and I found ourselves in a rather uncomfortable situation. We had stopped into a hair salon—Great Clips or Costcutters or one of those quickie-no-appointment-necessary places—to get haircuts for our boys. The hairdresser who ushered Nicholas to a waiting chair had extraordinarily big hair and an even bigger voice. In […]

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10 Things I Would Tell My Daughter (If She Would Only Listen)

Sophie

By: Shannon Ralph My daughter is eight years old. Eight is a tough age. Our days consist of equal parts unabashed adoration and seething contempt. Sometimes I know everything. Some days I am supermom. Those are the good days. Those are the days when my Sophie feels like the baby girl I fell in love […]

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40 Days for the Trevor Project

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By: Shannon Ralph You may not know it, but we are in the midst of “40 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance for Marriage.” The Family Foundation, an anti-gay advocacy group based in Virginia has launched the 40 Days initiative, encouraging people to pray and fast for 40 days—August 27th through October 5th—to counteract marriage […]

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