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Al Franken Rebukes Conservative Group for Definition of 'Nuclear Family'

Sen. Al Franken. Credit: AP
Children are better off and generally healthier when raised in nuclear families, according to a study published by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department last year.
So there you have it. The...
Focus on Family entitled to its own opinions, says senator, but not its own facts.
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The Gay Genealogist: Creating a Modern Family Tree

As hobbies go, genealogical research is not exactly on par with snowboarding -- it ranks right up there with stamp collecting in its total lack of "cool" factor. Does anything really say "geek" more than an obsession with family trees? But that's...I can trace my family's trademark ski nose back three generations but I can't tell my daughter where she got her cute little button nose.
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Gay Parents Fight to Get Both Their Names on Son's Birth Certificate

Fathers want to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Credit: Karen Bleier, Getty Images
A gay couple in California wants both their names to appear on their son's birth certificate as his adopted parents.
However, their...
Fathers want to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie: Papa and the Small Bikini

When did I become such a prude? This was the question when Diva and I opened the box of summer clothes sent by a relative -- and I saw the teenie weenie bikini. A napkin's worth of hot pink and orange fabric, its arrival sent my 6-year-old into...Too many bikinis don't just say "big girl" -- they say "adult woman."
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Picture Daze: How Too Much Comes to Mean Nothing

I think it was the dance recital portrait offer that put me over the edge. For a mere $70, a photographer would take a picture of my 5-year-old in her tap costume, providing makeup and styling services along with the snap of the shutter. Total...The more you have of everything, the less you value anything.
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It's Not You, It's Us: Breaking Up With Other Parents

Remember dating? And that most awkward of moments, the end of an evening when it was clear not everyone had enjoyed the experience equally? Your date would ask the question, "What are you doing next weekend?" And, instead of saying "avoiding you,"...Saying you're not interested when dating is easy, but breaking up with other parents? Not so much.
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Facebook Connecting Adopted Kids With Birth Parents

Using Facebook to track down old loves, former classmates or long-lost friends is nothing new, but now the social networking site is being used to connect adopted children with their birth parents. The New York Times reports the Internet is...Experts say parents who don't tell kids they are adopted are taking a huge risk.
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Dress Blues: Gay Moms Learn a Lesson On Gender Norms

"You have got to support me on this one," Em* told me in no uncertain terms. "She has to wear the dress." Em doesn't put her foot down very often, so when she tells me something is important to her, I listen. Problem was, my other easy-going girl...Sometimes a dress is not just a dress.
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