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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 federa...
Focus on Family entitled to its own opinions, says senator, but not its own facts.

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.

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 5-year...
Fathers want to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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 num...The more you have of everything, the less you value anything.

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.

One-Quarter of Gay Couples Raising Children, Census Reveals

Just as New York legislators are voting on a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state, the U.S. Census has released data that could have a huge impact on the vote. The census counted same-sex couples and their children for the first t...The new data could play into the same-sex marriage debate.

Meant to Be: A Letter to My Daughter on Her Birthday

Long ago, before there was you, when Daddy was not yet Daddy and I was not yet Papa, he and I promised each other that someday we would be parents. We had a wedding and bought a house, but then let more than a decade pass while we waited to be "ready...The doubters didn't stop us: Our course was set.

Parenting On Demand: How Do You Tell the Difference Between a Child's Wants and Needs?

I'm hungry. Can I have some pancakes? Will you help me go to the bathroom? Can I have a playdate after school today? I want to watch "Scooby-Doo" on TV later. Can you please come downstairs and make me breakfast now? I'm hungry! This is within the...All the research in the world can't prepare you for the onslaught of wants from a child.

A Piece of Unsolicited Parenting Advice: Don't Offer Any

My friend Gwen was taking a stroll, her sleeping 1-year-old daughter Lola pressed to her chest in a baby sling. It was a lovely day, the nicest so far in a too-late spring, and Gwen was thrilled to be out of the house. A Friendly Stranger rolled up a...Is there anything your average parent wants less than unsolicited advice?

Teaching Moments: Mystery Moms and the 'Interrupting Chicken'

"The Interrupting Chicken" by David Ezra Stein
For most of this past year, I had a very intense, life-consuming job that cost me a lot of the smaller moments in my children's lives. I still tried to be home for dinner (even if it ...
School appearance by two moms raises lots of questions.

Women's Work: Divvying Up the Chores in an All-Girl Household

The little girl tilted her head to one side and thought a minute. "You do?" she asked. "Nope," I replied. "Em does." The girl shook her head sadly -- she wasn't very good at this game at all. It had started a few minutes earlier, when our...Today's topic: Who did what? Who did the laundry? Who killed the bugs? Who cooked?

Out In Left Field

Baseball season is here, and, like millions of parents nationwide, I have Little League anxiety this week. But unlike most parents, my angst comes with a gay twist. This is our fourth year of Little League -- and the fourth consecutive year Ann* i...It's hard not to stand out when you're the only girl on the baseball team -- and you have two moms.

Childrenfreude: Why I Take Pleasure in Other Parents' Pain - and You Should, Too!

My daughter, Diva, and I were at a friend's house for a playdate and Rose, her buddy, was in fine form. Just before we got there, Rose's mom had given her one explicit instruction: Stay out of the hair care products in the bathroom, which Rose had be...Childrenfreude: the secret pleasure of watching bad kids happen to good parents.

Coming Out Again and Again

To be gay is to have a coming out story -- that day when we finally confided in a friend, confessed to a crush, told the family or found ourselves accidentally outed on Facebook. Together, these transitional moments moved us from life before to li...Being a gay mom means coming out over and over and over again.

Independent Spunk Vs. Pretty Princess: A Dad's Lesson in Trusting Positive Parenting

When my daughter was not quite 3, she told my husband and me that she wanted to be a chicken for an upcoming costume party. We thought this was hilarious and I found myself snootily proud of her choice. See, my kid's no joiner. Let every other gir...Welcome the first column from our gay dad in our new gay parenting column.

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