Older Parents, Single Parents, LGBT Families, & Other Modern Adoptive Families


Parenting advice and personal stories by older parents, single parents, parents in LGBT families, and other modern families formed through adoption.

A mom answers the daddy question after single parent adoption

How to Talk About “Dad” in Single Mother Families

How to Talk About “Dad” in Single Mother Families

Single-parent homes are more common now, but kids still grapple with the daddy question.

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A story of single dad adoption, and finding his daughter Suki in China

“Sometime in the Night”

In this personal essay, a single dad shares the story of the night he met his daughter in China.

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in a family that's built through open adoption and step-relatives, more love is more love

“More Love Is More Love”

In many families, relationships come without exact names. While adoption highlighted this truth, it was already a given in my family—and maybe in yours, too?

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Gender Inquality, Racial Segregation, and My Daughter

“Let’s Be Fair”

At nine, my daughter is becoming aware of the many ways in which the world is unjust, and is doing her part to promote fairness where she can.

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Growing Up Adopted

“Growing Up”

Five years ago, I walked my daughter to her first day of school. We've both evolved in many ways since that morning, and more adventures surely lie ahead.

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definition of family

“A Different Definition of Family”

I am the white, single mother of an eight-year-old Asian girl, whom I adopted when she was six days old. As you can imagine, I have given a lot of thought to "the daddy question."

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adoption questions

“Living the Dream”

As my daughter grows up, a typical, American kid, we are free to imagine only happy endings for the family she left behind.

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adoption books for single parents

“Can You Suggest Kids’ Adoption Books for Single Parents?”

Books can help our children make sense of their own stories. They may have questions about things they don’t feel like talking about: being adopted, being raised by a single parent, being raised by gay or lesbian parents.

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One mother describes her journey, becoming aparent

“Simplifying My Life as a Single Parent”

As crazy as it sounds, the transition from being childless to becoming a parent has given me time I didn't have before.

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