What Transgender Allies Can Learn From the Bruce Jenner Interview

I have a confession: Reality TV isn’t really my thing. I tried to watch Bruce Jenner and the clan in a few episodes of “Keeping up With the Kardashians” and definitely couldn’t keep up....more
Dear Maven, I truly love this post; your words echoed my sentiments, and I had thought about ...more

Day of Silence: What If Someone Had Stood Up for My Trans Daughter?

"Slurs," my husband told me angrily over the phone."They're commenting on her pictures with slurs."...more
I am sending you so much love. I'm a homeschooling mom too (brand new as of last year) and if ...more

11 Important Tips for Parents When Your Child Comes Out

Step 1: Take a deep breath. OMG, right? Big news. Or maybe it wasn't. Maybe you suspected this was coming. But you should still breathe anyway because you need do that to keep being alive. So this step applies no matter what. Get some oxygen into you. ...more
Thank you so much for sharing this. My son just came out to me (he's 13) and I've completely ...more

My Kid Is Transgender. Her Life Has Changed. Our Family Has Changed.

I haven't been writing much lately. I feel like a non-writing jerk who doesn't have her priorities straight. But my heart's just not in it. My heart is elsewhere, with a kid who is having a tough time and needs her mom. ...more
I congratulate you on being a great mom! I really do.... I think that your love for your ...more

How to Keep it Together When Your Child is in a Mental Health Crisis

I cried far too much today. I cried because I have a sweet little ten-year-old boy who needs me to be a lot stronger than I am. I cried because I can't seem to give him what he needs, get him what he needs. I cried because he told us he's sad all the time, he can't make his brain shut off, he feels weird and out of place in this world, and he wishes he could be more like his brothers. I cried harder still when he saw me crying and reassured me that he was going to get better. ...more
I hope that by now you both are in a better place in your journey. My heart goes out to you, as ...more

Being a Mother Made Me Resilient

News had started coming in of the tragedy in Boston on Monday afternoon as I was getting ready to pick up my boys from school. We just moved to our home last week, and it was their first day in their new classrooms in a new city. My heart had been in my throat all day as I wondered if they were making friends and learning the routine. And then this. This heartbreaking, senseless tragedy that seemingly came out of nowhere -- again. ...more

Raising a Rockstar: My Son Wants to Wear Nail Polish

A friend of mine texted this afternoon in the midst of a crisis. She couldn't locate her giant box of nail polish and was afraid she'd thrown it out in a fit of overzealous purging. She asked if I had any she could borrow. I can see why she asked. I don't do nail polish often, but I do have some fabulous colors. I am a maven, after all. We don't doneutrals. As soon as I took out my own box of polish, six-year-old Spawnling ran up to me excitedly and slapped his hands down on the table. "Can you color my nails, mom? Please?"...more
You and I are sisters it seems. I have a daughter that wants to be more male and you have a son ...more