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 […]

Video Game Industry Becomes More Inclusive


By: Shannon Ralph As the parent of three budding young gamers, I have often lamented—along with my 9-year-old daughter—the white, straight maleness of the video game industry. This is an issue that has been discussed ad nauseum in The Washington Post, BBC News, The Huffington Post, and numerous other news franchises and blogs, but little […]

The Great Gay Marriage Anticlimax

marriage equality announcement

By: Shannon Ralph Friday, June 26th, 2015 was an historic day. A day for jubilation. For contemplation. For commemoration. It was a day when Facebook exploded in rainbow colors and love flooded my Twitter feed. It was a day when my family was finally seen. My family was recognized. Legitimized. Sanctioned and admitted to the […]

One Boy, Two Moms, and THE Question


By: Shannon Ralph It happened. Sooner than we expected. More suddenly than we anticipated. Out of the blue, actually. While we were out of state on a hard-earned family vacation, our 12-year-old son asked us the question we had been dreading for years. Can you tell me about my donor? “Donor” is a word that’s […]

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 […]

Springtime Activities for Little Vampires

Spring with kids

By: Shannon Ralph It’s official. Spring has arrived, and it’s here to stay. The days are getting longer. Flowers are blooming. Trees are budding. The sun shines high in a crystal blue sky. Joggers are shaking off the winter doldrums and hitting the lakeside trails in shorts that probably should have been outlawed in 1972. […]

Queer Youth Tech Camps


By: Shannon Ralph Looking for something fun and educational for the LGBTQ youth in your life this summer? Know a kid who’s interested in all things technological? Does your son or daughter talk about nothing but Minecraft ad nauseam? Maven, a nonprofit organization that “fosters innovative solutions that empower LGBTQ youth,” is partnering with local LGBTQ […]

Self-esteem and the Dreaded Piano

self-esteem in kids

By: Shannon Ralph “I’ll never be good enough,” Sophie says as she frowns at the musical notes on the page. “I’m just stupid.” These are words that can cut straight to the heart of any parent. Words that feel like a punch in the stomach, and can instantly take your breath away. No parent wants […]