Posts in category "family"

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 »

How glad I am that I'm too old to be starting a family.

Today’s young couples are facing impossible financial expectations and demands. I was reminded of that when a friend told me that her son’s college education was costing $54,000 — a year. That’s more than I spent some 20 years ago for my two children’s entire college educations. I can only shudder when I think what... Read more »

Update: Eric Zorn responds to my correction and an explanation

My counterpart on the Tribune op-ed page, Eric Zorn, pointed out to me the need for a correction in my column/post regarding the reaction to President Barack Obama’s call (below) at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago for greater involvement by fathers in the children’s lives. (Update: He responds to this post here.) In my column,... Read more »
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President Obama sends a strong fatherhood message to fellow liberals. Will they listen?

President Barack Obama had better watch himself. If he keeps talking like he did Friday at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago, he might be mistaken for former Vice President Dan Quayle. In a speech about urban gun violence, Obama targeted truant fathers for being the impetus in causing a raft of social problems, as Quayle... Read more »
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