Posts in category "family"

How to find joy this Christmas

This is the joyful home of my sister-in-law. God bless them, each and every one. Merry Christmas to residents and staff at L’Arche Harbor House in Jacksonville, Florida. Read why Americans need to learn about the nation’s most ignored war. Find out what freelance editorial services I can provide for you. Want to be notified by email when... Read more »

Helicopter parents: Your job is to put yourself out of a job

Because I’m an old guy, I’ve seen all kinds of different theories about how parents should raise their children. From children are not to be seen or heard, then through  Dr. Benjamin Spock’s use of psychodynamics to understand children (hug more, punish less) and to today’s “helicopter parents.” The pendulum, it is said, swings back... Read more »

Paul Ryan unfairly blistered for his maternity leave position

Politicians and pundits have been piling on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), possibly the next Speaker of the House, for saying that he’ll accept the job only if he can spend time with his family. Some of the cascade of criticism is vitriolic, of the type that if voiced from the right would be called mean... Read more »
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A loving response to Deb Mell’s beautiful homage to her wife

UPDATE: Read additional thoughts on Illinois’ approval of same-sex marriage in a later post. Who could not be touched by Chicago Ald. Deb Mell’s moving essay (“Perspective: Make marriage equal,” Chicago Tribune, Oct. 21, 2013) describing the love she has for her wife, Christin Baker? In revealing the details of their life together, their marriage in Iowa... Read more »

Next: A little boy in your daughter's kindergarten bathroom

It’s an accommodation for transgendered kids that’s permitted in a few, but increasing numbers of schools. It could end up as the latest civil rights issue: Children who are born with a boy’s or girl’s plumbing but who believe they are respectively a girl or a boy should be allowed to use the bathroom of... Read more »

What mothers have over angels

The Most Important Person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral—a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body…The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot... Read more »
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Group pledges $250,000 to defeat any Illinois GOP legislator who votes for gay marriage

The group is called the National Organization for Marriage, which describes itself this way:  [NOM] a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it. Founded in 2007 in response to the growing need for an organized opposition to same-sex marriage in state legislatures, NOM serves as a national resource... Read more »

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry questions whether your kids "belong" to you.

I have trouble believing that she really meant what she said: “[W]e have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to their communities.”  ”[We] haven’t had a very collective notion that these are our children.” To give... Read more »

Superb reading for both adults and middle-school kids

Wonder by R.J. Palacio My rating: 5 of 5 stars My sixth- and fourth-grade children loved this book. My wife said I would too. And so I did. Feeling sorry for yourself? Thought that middle school was thought on you? Then put yourself in the place of young Augie as he entered 5th grade with... Read more »
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Do children have a right to a male father and a female mother ?

The case to legalize same-sex marriage seems to come down to a basic question of “rights.” LGBTQ people, we’re told, have the same right to marry as heterosexuals. In fact, they do: Everyone, no matter their sexual orientation has a right to marry a person of the opposite sex. But that’s not the point here. If it... Read more »
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