My beautiful partner and I love adventuring. We go away several times a year, often to places that are quite gay unfriendly and we deal with it. We're now planning a family and have been talking a lot about adventuring with kids. We've really valued the posts on Offbeat Families about travelling with kids and have felt inspired to keep an open but optimistic mind about going abroad with our future family.
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We don't own guns, but we live in an area where many people do. I thought I had more time to consider this issue, but one of my child's preschool friends recently "shot" at me with a finger gun — "I am shooting you" — and I realized that the gun issue is coming sooner than I realized. My son so far seems pretty oblivious, but not for long.
After spending his entire life in a decidedly "I want to be like my dad" phase my almost four-year-old has recently entered into a "I want to be like my mom" phase. Part of this includes his new desire to have long hair — like, down his back long. Both his dad and I are totally cool with this, but it turns out the growing out of his hair is a total pain.
My husband and I are parents to a wonderful baby girl, and we absolutely love parenthood. We're thinking about having a second child, but we're interested in going a different route. My husband is on board with trying to have a biological child or adopting, so right now I'm just hoping to get a little insight into the lives of families who have done something similar.
My husband and I recently found out I'm pregnant and would like to tell our families around Christmas. I think it would be fun to get cute Grandma and Grandpa gifts and see their reaction when they open them. My parents are really HIP though — like hippie cool, and would never want a necklace that says "Grandma's Angels" or a sign that says "What happens at Grandpa's stays at Grandpa's."
I have always loved art, from the first time I held clay in my hand. As I've grow older, I've also started to appreciate seeing and displaying art that represents who I am. In many ways, I've found art that explores each part of my life except one; my family. I was adopted at a young age and am part of an amazing, multi-ethnic family. For the life of me, I can't seem to find artwork about this topic that isn't clearly geared for children.
A year-and-a-half ago our then fifteen-year-old daughter told me she was bisexual. She asked if a girl she's experimented with can spend the night as a friend, but we're not sure how to answer her question.
We have a wonderful one-year-old daughter who we love hanging out with, but we find ourselves feeling stuck at home. Neither my partner or I feel that satisfied, renewed or entertained by our weekends as we tiptoe around nap times, clean up after our toddler or each other, and come to terms with the fact that spending a lot of time sewing, home brewing, driving, or vegging out on Dr. Who marathons is very difficult (and not so desirable) with an active toddler. How do you accommodate pre-kid hobbies into post-kid reality?