Articles written by: Robert Shaffron Robert Shaffron and his husband John are permitted to remain in their residence through the generosity of their two magnificent sons, Benjamin and Jordan, in Maplewood, NJ. Robert has been, variously, a playwright, and advertising creative director, stock boy, dishwasher, actor/waiter, and is currently a stay-at-home LGBT activist. He also bakes a wicked lemon square.

Family / Kids / Parenting

Don’t Kiss, Don’t Tell

Is there any evidence that prudishness is genetic?

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The Boy Scouts: Honor, Credo, or Oxymoron

The Boys Scouts of America flagrantly recruits hairless, prepubescent males into their uniform-wearing, male-bonding, rubbing-two-sticks-together-in-the-woods lifestyle.

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Where the Boys Are (Hint: My House)

My then-partner/now-husband and I, having tried over and over and harder and harder to conceive an offspring in the traditional manner (it was simply grueling, I tell you), finally gave up the ghost and decided to adopt somebody via the good graces of the New Jersey State Foster System.

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Family / Parenting

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

I am the manager of my younger son’s soccer team. (Quit that sniggering, you.) I am the manager and not the coach because, well, it’s like this. The role of coach entails instructing the kids in strategy and game play, making on-the-field calls, demonstrating and supervising drills and practice sessions, […]

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The Children of the Left

For our trans-inter-ultra-mega-racial adoptive family, it is an even greater joy to mold our children into bleeding heart, leftist, liberal, politically correct, Obama-lovin’ Americans.

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Dads – They’re Not Just for Babysitting Anymore

It was a little joke that a dad was so inessential to his child’s day-to-day life that when the kid was in his care, it was as though he was “babysitting.”

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Family / Kids

Rivalry, Sibling

Being a gay family, I had hoped that somehow we could escape the whole Brother-on-Brother violence thing.

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The Boys in the Bathroom

Why in hell can’t boys hit the center of the toilet?

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Family / Parenting

Jersey Shore Doesn’t

Times have changed, progress has marched on, barriers have broken down, minds have expanded, and the Jersey shore is still almost exactly the same.

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Family / Kids

The P Word

You would think that a family consisting of two sons surrounded by All Dads, All the Time would be able to navigate the craggy terrain of puberty with a bit more aplomb.