Parenting

The Spirit of Grandma

My female friends -- and actually a few male -- have at one time or another exclaimed in horror, "Oh my God, I've become my mother."  Well, I've done them one better.  I've become my Grandmas.  At forty-something, and mom of a two-and-a-half-year-old,   I've discovered I am the re-incarnation of my frugal and practical Gramma Pearson-Pruitt, who never saw a need to [...]

Two Moms, One Special Day: 30 Great Mother’s Day Gifts and Giveaways

Mother’s Day on May 9 is a doubly festive occasion for two-mom households.  Not only do children get to show their love for their two moms, but moms get to show their appreciation to each other as parenting partners.  For the mom, or moms, in your life, show how much you care with one of [...]

The Kids Are All Right Trailer

Trailer for The Kids Are All Right. The Kids Are All Right is the heartfelt new comedy from acclaimed director Lisa Cholodenko, starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo. Two teenaged children (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) get the notion to seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that their [...]

This is What?

My partner Kira and I rented Michael Jackson's This Is It documentary and were watching it with my two-year-old son Stephen when he exclaimed, "She's dancing!" He was referring to Michael Jackson. "No, no," I gently corrected, "Michael Jackson is a man.  He's dancing." My son was unmoved.  "No she's not." He continued to watch the show and comment [...]

By | 2010-04-08T20:46:51+00:00 April 8th, 2010|Family, Motherhood, Motherhood, Parenting, Parenting|0 Comments

Mommy Come Lately – Just Seeing Must-See TV

  A few weeks ago I got the DVD set of the first season of Showtime's "The United States of Tara" in a gift bag from the HRC LA Gala, an event that I provided pro bono PR services for; otherwise I am sure I would not have rustled up the energy to attend, hired a babysitter, bought [...]

By | 2010-04-04T10:26:11+00:00 April 4th, 2010|Co-Parenting, Motherhood, Parenting, Parenting|0 Comments

The Challenge of a Gender-Neutral Easter Egg Hunt

My partner and I are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for the neighborhood kids, and in the planning process we have learned how pervasive gender-role modeling is for children, and how unintentional it can be.  For starters, we got baskets and prizes for all the children, who are a mix of boys and girls.  We found [...]

“Can Animals be Gay?”

Here's a preview of "Can Animals be Gay?" an article due to run in the New York Times magazine http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/04/magazine/04animals-t.html?pagewanted=1 April 4 about same-sex couplings and their roles as "parents" to offspring in the animal world.  The bottom line is that the research on the subject matters confirms that same-sex mating and "parenting" happens in nature.  It's an objective observation.  [...]

By | 2010-03-31T14:37:30+00:00 March 31st, 2010|Co-Parenting, Motherhood, Parenting, Parenting|0 Comments

Good Read: Blood Strangers

I've just started reading "Blood Strangers," a memoir by a lesbian mom, Katherine A. Briccetti, a school psychologist, who writes about dealing with the emotional wake created from three generations of fatherless families--her father's closed adoption, her own adoption by her stepfather, and the "second-parent" adoption of her sons by her partner.  The book will [...]

By | 2010-03-17T16:44:05+00:00 March 17th, 2010|Co-Parenting, Family, Motherhood, Parenting|1 Comment

Gay Families Can be Visible in 2010 Census

  3/10/2008 The U.S. Census Bureau - citing the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act - will edit responses on the 2010 census questionnaires and list same-sex couples as "unmarried partners." In other words, we can still be counted. The SF Gay and Lesbian Examiner recommends that same-sex couples check the "married" box on [...]

By | 2010-03-12T09:50:58+00:00 March 12th, 2010|Family, Parenting|0 Comments