Ages 10-12 (Tween)Media & Technology

Pseudonyms and Internet Fame

My stepson doesn’t like to be talked about. At all. Whether it’s a quiet conversation between his father and me while he’s in the other room or a parent-teacher conference at his school, if it’s a discussion about him then he wants to be present and have a say. Even …

Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)Ages 6-9LGBTQSex and Sexuality

Resources for parents of kids who don’t fit the heterosexual cisgender model

Let’s say that you’ve just found out that your child is LGBTQIA. Unless you live somewhere significantly more utopian than I do (in which case you don’t need this post), it means that your kid is likely to face some tough times. If you are reading this post, then I’m …

Ages 10-12 (Tween)EducationStep Families

Teaching Moments

My middle-school aged stepson came home with a new project recently. He had to give a presentation on a historical figure who had left an impact on the world. The list of notable individuals to choose from was long and varied, including kings and queens, world leaders, sports heroes, scientists, …

Ages 10-12 (Tween)FoodLGBTQ

Parenting Fail #4,275: Greek Yogurt Cures Gayness!

Keep it simple folks. Don’t try to be clever. It never ends well for us parental types. Ok, maybe it just never ends well for me. I’m driving my son to school when I start to wonder, out loud, whether the kids at school these days have any opinions about …

Adult ChildrenAges 10-12 (Tween)Ages 6-9Alternate Family ArrangementsDisciplineExtended FamilyParenting Styles

Writing the Storm Out

TRIGGER WARNING FOR VIOLENCE, CHILD ABUSE, AND SEXUAL ABUSE. ALSO SWEARING. LOTS OF SWEARING. My husband and I come from extremely abusive families, and we’ve both made the painful choice to cut our parents out of our lives for the sake of giving our own child as normal a childhood …