Category Archives: Parenting

Dead Fish Stares and Eye-Rolling

There has never been, nor will there ever be, an experience in the universe more humbling or demoralizing than parenting a teenager. In the interest of keeping it real and not just painting a pretty picture for the general public, … Continue reading

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High School Residue

In the past two days, I’ve toured three different high schools. By this evening’s end, it will be four. By the end of next week, we’ll have attended four more events at those schools. I am drowning in high school … Continue reading

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The Real New Year

As a parent, the first day of school is ‘the new year’ to me.  January 1st seems almost trivial in comparison.  It’s August that holds the promise and excitement of starting over as you help them assemble school supplies, notebooks, … Continue reading

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The Shoe of Society

The Divine Miss M and her dear friend, the Non-Conformist*, made this Shoe of Society collage this weekend. In their words, the left side represents societal views of women, dominated by pink. The right side represents more independent thinking, accomplishments, “some … Continue reading

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Embarrassing Mom Moments – the Porn Wolves

They do it when you least expect it. The Divine Miss M’s elementary school always had Open House about a week after school started.  I had particular fondness for Open House. Meet the teacher, find out the new class rules … Continue reading

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What Does a Kid Know about Marriage … Quite a Bit, Actually.

PFLAG National filed an amicus brief with the Tenth Circuit in the marriage equality appeals.  It filed a similar brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Prop 8 case.  Their approach is to tell stories of inequality not just … Continue reading

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Explaining Inequality to Children

Earlier today I was discussing with another attorney the Utah and Oklahoma Tenth Circuit appeals regarding same-sex marriage. He asked me if it was hard to explain our family to our daughter or Jodi’s role in her life since I’m … Continue reading

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The Divine Miss M enters the teen years

January 8, 2001, 8:45 p.m. Thirteen years ago.  That’s when my whole life changed, cliché as it sounds.   I think, in hindsight, I was too young and too naive … but she arrived, anyway.  Since that moment, everything has … Continue reading

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I’m Telling Santa

I was at Target recently and overheard this conversation between two sisters. I’m terrible at guessing ages but I’m going to say, maybe 8 and 6. Eight year old, dreamily: “I’ve been dreaming of this phone since I was a … Continue reading

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Adoption Day! – “Why do you think she’ll be a good parent?”

When this post hits my blog, my family will be in a courtroom where Jodi is officially adopting the Divine Miss M.  She will finally be recognized as a full and equal parent under the law and soon, we’ll all … Continue reading

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