Parenting / Same Sex Parents

10 Gay Parenting Memes. Finally.

By: Amber Leventry

There are many examples, usually told through modern day story telling written as a meme, of the trials and triumphs of being a parent. Parenting rigidity decreases while sleep deprivation increases with each child; chaos is the new normal; our kids would rather throw their food than eat it, and we are fine with the new meaning of cleanliness. Gay and straight parents can laugh...

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A Gay Dad Inches His Way Towards Fatherhood

By Henry Amador

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I recently shared with you how my husband and I were hoping our adoption search for our second child was nearing its end

I wrote that article in December based on a child that I found on our agency’s list of children needing homes and who were already cleared for adoption.
His photo, story and video had moved me to the point of reaching out and asking for more information.

That...

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The Perks Of Being An Older Gay DAd

By Henry Amador-Batten

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I am a 52-year-old stay at home father to an extremely active and energetic four-year old.
There are times throughout the course of a typical day where I just don’t know how I’ll make it to his bedtime.
Sadly I have to admit that my bedtime is never too far behind and yet I just can’t imagine doing or being anything other than his dad right now.

We are also hoping to bring...

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Could this Gay Dad’s Adoption Search Be Nearing It’s End?

By Henry Amador-Batten
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I was browsing through the list of children waiting for families on our local agencies adoption site when I happened across his profile.
He was five nearly turning six and there was something in his eyes that spoke to me.
I can’t tell you what the connection was but it was there and undeniable.
I even went so far as to contact my agency worker to get more information about...

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A Gay Dad’s Grown Up Christmas List

By Henry Amador-Batten

A grown-up holiday wish

We just took my son to see Santa yesterday.
It was his fifth time sitting on Old Saint Nick’s lap and we were once again surprised by what he asked Santa for.
Regardless of ALL the things he asks for leading up to Christmas and Hanukkah, his MO has become to ask for some random item at that very crucial moment, you know, while he’s got the old guys attention.
So Ben, what...

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Division of Household Duties In a 2 Mom Family

By: Shannon Ralph

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I recently came across a quote that made me chuckle.

“Not completely unsurprisingly, 56% of fathers say they share household chores and responsibilities equally with their partners, while only 46% of mothers agree.”

For years, I’ve heard friends and relatives lament the lack of help their husbands provide when it comes to household duties. Occasionally, it is the husband...

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Facebook Includes Fathers, Same-Sex Parents in New Paid Parental Leave Policy

By Alex Temblador

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Photo by Tim Evanson

On Wednesday, November 25th, Facebook announcedthat they will be extending paid parental leave to “new parents, no matter their gender or where in the world they live.” What’s even more amazing about this new Facebook policy? It’s intended for fathers and same-sex parents who live not only in the U.S., but those who live in countries that provide little to no...

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A Gay Dad and Writer Gives Thanks

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By Henry Amador-Batten

This is the time of year that writers and bloggers generally love.
It’s a joyful and special time that is full of wonder and memories and traditions.
It makes for especially warm and receptive articles that touch our readers in those warm and fuzzy holiday ways.
It’s also when we get to pull out family recipes and prepare our homes to welcome friends and loved ones. It’s...

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A Gay Dad Celebrates All His Adopted Son’s Mothers

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By Henry Amador-Batten

November is National Adoption Month and each year during that month, I as well as countless other adoptive families share their story.
We share them to raise awareness for all the thousands of children still without homes of their own lingering in the Foster Care system.
We share them to add our voices to the collective sound of fathers and mothers that have opened their...

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Spotlight Series: Featuring Two Moms Angie and Kami

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The Next Family: How did you start your family? 

Angie: Kami and I had been together for about fours years before we started trying to have a family.  We used a sperm bank and found a donor that had physical characteristics that resembled me as well as had traits that we felt represented our family.  Kami did an IUI insemination and got pregnant on the first try.  We were very fortunate!

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Trusting the Process: 10 Famous Quotes Interpreted by a Parent’s Brain

By: Amber Leventry

As a parent, sometimes I feel stuck. I get lost in the everyday routine. I feel overwhelmed with the expectations I place on myself to be a perfect partner and mother. As a writer, sometimes I feel stuck too. Some call it writer’s block; I call it trusting the process. I have been writing long enough to know that something rattling around in my brain will eventually turn into an...

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One Family: A Children’s Picture Book Celebrating the Diversity of Family

By: Amber Leventry

One Family

One man. One woman. One family. One of many stories. In a children’s book by veteran writer George Shannon, One Familyshows us that family can no longer be defined in only this way. The picture of what family looks like is changing. Love, tradition, and pride are still cornerstones, but the individuals who make a family come in an endless array of colors, genders, and...

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