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The Lesbian Parenting Book: A Guide to Creating Families and Raising Children Paperback – 27 May 2003
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Completely revised for today's parents, this definitive queer parenting guidebook covers topics from how to get pregnant to coping with teens
Written by two experienced lesbian therapists and parents, this second completely revised edition of The Lesbian Parenting Book has been updated to reflect the contemporary cultural and political landscape, as well as current trends in parenting. Drawing on the real-life experiences of lesbian families and the latest information from family specialists, the authors present detailed, chapter-by-chapter information on each stage of parenthood and child development. New material includes information on circumcision, Internet safety, legal hoops for noncustodial parents, the facts about late-in-life pregnancies, moms working inside and outside of the home, and more. An essential text for every lesbian who is involved inor consideringraising a family. "
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I like that this book addressed a good deal of gay issues, while at the same time admitted that sometimes being a gay family doesn't have anything to do with the majority of parenting. I mean really, when you're unsure of how to properly care for your newborn, your 6 year old refuses to eat his vegetables, or your teenager is using marijuana, do you really think your sexuality has anything to do with it? But luckily they DO cover some lesbian issues in the "parenting" section like children asking about paternity, dealing with homophobia in your children's school or society, and defining the role of the non-biological/legal mother. I liked the anecdotes and stories from real parents as well.
This was a good book but I think it IS definitely in need of an update. The fact that gay marriage and rights have made such strides since this was published makes some points a bit obsolete. I also think that now more lesbian families are children born to/adopted to lesbians to start with, not children a woman had within a heterosexual marriage before she came out. It also would have been nice if they addressed more adoption issues.
This book talked about divorce enough that I stopped reading. Under how to conceive it even went so far to suggest using a man the old fashion way - something that isn't an option in my monogamous marriage and is obvious enough that I find it inappropriate to suggest in a lesbian parenting book. the first 100 pages seemed to be all about fears, but it wasn't phrased in that way - what happens if you separate as a lesbian parent? What happens when you aren't accepted? Have you thought about not having a baby because they won't be accepted because of you? And my favorite (that was sarcasm), a story about a little boy who found his donor (as a child) and then requested to go live with his dad.
I'm still giving it 2 stars because, since I didn't finish it, I don't know if the book improved.