Category Archives: Parenting

After Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day for many mothers was filled with gifts and services from a doting husband and their children. Breakfast in bed, flowers, candy, spa treatments, jewelry, indulgences of all sorts top the list. Visits, phone calls and cards also rank high.

Yet, other mothers didn’t receive any of that. The day brought nothing special. No gifts, no special treatments, no visits, no calls. It’s easy for these mothers to assume they aren’t worthy of being honored whether the fathers of their children are in their lives. Continue reading

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Lesbian family study flawed

Akilah Bolden-Monifa’s June 6 “Camera” guest opinion, “Study reveals same-sex parenting good for kids,” brought my attention to a longitudinal lesbian family study published recently in “Pediatrics,” the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study set out to document the psychological adjustment of adolescents conceived through donor insemination by lesbian mothers from conception to adulthood. So, between 1986 and 1992, 154 prospective lesbian mothers volunteered for this ongoing study where the “offspring” provided the data through interviews and questionnaires, the mothers through interviews and Child Behavior Checklists.

The results are no surprise given the sources. They have a strong incentive to show themselves in “good light” and the mothers have “an enormous political incentive” to “ensure upbringing is exemplary,” as noted by Neil E. Whitehead, research assistant from New Zealand, in response to the study. Continue reading

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Parents need say in ‘Plan B’

Exactly where to parents fit in regarding parenting on matters of sexuality? I hope it is still all right they talk with their children about the birds and the bees. Nevertheless, when it comes down to parents having actual control over their children’s do’s and don’t, government, or rather U.S. District Judge Edward Korman, took a big one away. Continue reading

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