Blending a Family is About More Than Pronouns

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Christine Benvenuto knows that “his, mine, and ours” doesn’t cover it. She checks her “mama privilege” and shares her story of blending a family.

It’s Great to Know Real Dads Do Exist


John Turner speaks about the fairytale of fatherhood he saw on television and how his own step-dad showed him real dads do exist.

On Making Amends and Finding Gratitude

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There are many paths to gratitude. Matt Clapper’s led him through a series of amends, and he is the better for it.

Supporting My Real Family


Stepfather Kieron Casey wonders what it means to be a “real” father.

Can A Child Have More Than Two Parents?

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A California state bill would allow courts to legally declare a child has more than two parents.

The Time I Resented My Chronically Ill Stepson

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After years of sacrifice to provide care for his ill stepson, Stephen Acker asks, “What about me?”

One Final Lesson From Dad

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While researching the shooting death of her stepfather, Megan Michelson discovered what it means to be a good dad.

Spittin’ Image


Disregard the fact that I don’t have a crew cut, and that my real hair is not six inches off my ears. Focus instead at the very, very top of my hair.