Kids

The Odd Couple Living in My House
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The Odd Couple Living in My House

Even before our ultrasound, we were confident that we were having a boy.  We had collected all sorts of non-scientific data and hearsay to determine that IUI (intrauterine insemination) yielded more boys. We had no girls’ names at the ready.  We assumed, wrongly or rightly, that we would have a […]

My Daughter’s First Princess
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My Daughter’s First Princess

This summer, the week before she started her big kid preschool, I took n to see her first movie. And it was a Disney Princess movie. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am definitely a sucker for the marketing of The Mouse. I love Disney movies, even many of the […]

“I’m a big boy. And also a little girl.”
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“I’m a big boy. And also a little girl.”

That’s what my daughter said to me last night as she sat on the toilet in the men’s room. (Not for any subversive reason; only because the ladies’ room was occupied, and when a 2 year old has to pee…) It’s not the first time she’s said something like that. […]

When you have two moms, what’s in a name?
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When you have two moms, what’s in a name?

I wrote this post nearly six years ago, when my now eight-year-old was just a toddler and my five-year-old was still in utero. Today, our kids tend to call me and my partner both “Mom” or “Mama” interchangeably. When they want a specific mother, or when they’re talking about one of […]

Interfaith Holidays
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Interfaith Holidays

With Thanksgiving under our belts, we head into what is my most and least favorite time of year. (What can I say? I worked retail too long to not retain that cynicism.) Though I am not a practicing Christian (or, well, a practicing anything), Christmas is one of the few […]

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Teaching Thankful

I know, I know, you can’t teach somebody to be thankful. But so much of parenting is teaching by example, and you can certainly show how you are thankful. This year is the first year that n will be really aware of what’s going on with Thanksgiving, and may have […]

Family Traditions
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Family Traditions

Recently, my son had to write an essay for school about his favorite family tradition and, had I been asked to place I bet, I would have put all of my money on Christmas. Cookies, candy and gifts – a kid’s dream, right? But I would have lost the farm […]

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LesFam Resource Alert: Books on Babies for Adopted Kiddles

Hidey ho, LesbianFamily readers. I’m passing on this question that Shereen left us: I’m in need of biology/anatomy books for an adopted 5 year old girl. ‘Where do babies come from?’ is coming up, and we need a book that shows a little more breadth than ‘when a man and […]

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Worst Parenting Choice So Far

I really messed up as a parent this Christmas. No, it wasn’t in the gift department.  Sassafras loved all her gifts.  And I don’t even consider the fact that she ate only jelly for breakfast, only gummy lifesavers for lunch, and had a less than 40 minute nap as messing up. […]

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Read to your kids in Spanish

There is a lot of chatter about inclusive stories for kids. While in school libraries in the US and Canada these books may be few and far between, they are much harder to track down in some other places (and in some other languages). Gabi pointed out this amazing site […]