Archive for the ‘Parenting’ Category

Taking hand-me-downs to a whole new level

February 21st, 2014 Comments off

My second oldest, Sebastian, always gets his older brother Ezra’s hand-me-downs. One day I was telling them that in heaven  we won’t need our earthly bodies, but will get new heavenly bodies. Immediately, with a look of disgust, Sebastian said, “Am I just going to get Ezra’s old one?” -Drea, mother of 4

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“I always rely on the kindness of strangers.”

February 21st, 2014 Comments off

People are totally nice to pregnant women, as well they should be. Once when I was preggers, I was at the grocery store attempting to unload my cart onto the conveyor belt while also holding a fussy child. Another mom spotted me and immediately came over to quickly unload the cart for me, saying, “I remember being in this stage of life. Please let me help you.” She wasn’t even pausing to get an “okay” from me. She sort of seemed like she was in a hurry, but wouldn’t have taken no for an answer, even if I had (stupidly) told her not to bother. She quickly got the job done, wished me the best of luck and was gone practically before I could offer my thanks. Super cool lady.

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Passing on your faith to your kids

February 21st, 2014 Comments off

by Tamara Rajakariar

It’s something I’ve definitely wondered about before – what makes a child either take on or resent the faith of their parents? There are so many possible factors at play in a child – their temperament, school, friends, and interests. But according to a recent article, research (and a new book) by Professor Vern L. Bengston show that there are a few major influences. Read more…

Poster in middle school includes graphic sexual references

February 11th, 2014 Comments off

Bob Kellogg   ( Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The father of a 13-year-old girl in Kansas is challenging a middle school for putting up a poster titled “How Do People Express Their Sexual Feelings?”

Some of the terms on the poster, posted on a Grove Middle School classroom door, are innocent enough: kissing, hugging, talking. But others are too graphic to even mention. Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute is representing Mark Ellis, the father. Read more…

Kansas Sperm Donor Ordered to Pay Child Support

February 8th, 2014 Comments off

by Jennifer Thieme, Ruth Institute Director of Finance and Advancement

This article was first published January 25, 2014 at


A Kansas court ruled that a parent cannot contract away his parental responsibilities in sperm donation, unless a doctor does the procedure. If the doctor does it, the sperm donor will never be considered the father from a legal point of view. That’s the way the law works in Kansas in sperm donation. The court also said this:  Read more…

Finally, Justice for a Donor Conceived Child

January 24th, 2014 Comments off
I’ve been keeping an eye on this case for a while.  The facts are unusually crass. A lesbian “couple” wanted to have a baby.  They advertised on Craig’s List for a donor. (Pause. Let that sink in.  Gross, eh?)  Anyhow, the man replied to their ad, and delivered a jar of sperm. She impregnated herself, without the assistance of a doctor.
The lesbian “couple” separates. The mother can’t make it on her own. She goes on welfare. The child welfare people in Kansas want to know who the father is. She hems and haws for awhile that she doesn’t know.  Finally she names him. The state wants him to reimburse them for child support. (Also, kind of crass, eh?  Not really THAT interested in the child: the state just wants it money back.)

Daddy Dearest

Daddy Dearest

The court ruled that he does not count as a “sperm donor” within the meaning of the law, because the two of them got her inseminated without the assistance of a physician. If a physician had been involved, the father would not have counted as a father, but as a “donor” and would not have owed child support. This makes it clear: the “sperm donor” status is a artificial status, created by the state, for the express purpose of keeping fathers away from their children, and fathers and mothers away from each other.
Anyhow, the good thing about this ruling is this: in the course of the litigation, the department of child welfare made a key statement.
“A person cannot contract away his or her obligations to support their child. The right for support belongs to the child, not the parents.”
Unusual facts, I will admit. But, at least someone in the government made this important statement. It is about time someone spoke up for the child and his rights.

Sites Match Potential Co-Parents, Skip Love and Marriage

December 13th, 2013 Comments off

More ways to screw up kids’ lives by thinking that adults have a “right” to a child. What about a child’s rights to his or her parents? This is not good. Yet further fall-out from the “do whatever WE want” Sexual Revolution.

By David Wright

Rachel Hope of Los Angeles says she’s ready to be a mother again. She’d like to get pregnant next month. The thing is, she has no idea who the father will be. Read more…

The economic benefits of childbearing

December 9th, 2013 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

The News Story – U.S. pregnancy rates slide, near record lows

Evidence continues to mount that the American birthrate is taking a precipitous downward slide.  Reports the Washington Post, “The National Center for Health Statistics said the pregnancy rate of 102 pregnancies out of every 1,000 women is 12 percent below the 1990 peak of about 116 per 1,000. Only once in the past 30 years, 1997, has it been lower…” Read more…

How to tell if you’re a mom, Part 2

November 27th, 2013 Comments off

Writhing and screaming in a hospital room is ultimately your idea of a good time.

You often hit the bottle late at night, but it has nothing to do with alcohol.

Somewhere in your home there is a pail filled with carefully wrapped human waste. Read more…

Slavery and Gay Marriage? Frightening Parallels

November 27th, 2013 Comments off

By Jennifer Thieme, Director of Fincance and Advancement, Ruth Institute

This article was first published at on March 14, 2013.

Some Republican leaders recently announced their support of gay marriage, and some others claim they are following Abraham Lincoln’s legacy by supporting it. Lincoln is one of the most famous Republicans and is most well known for freeing the slaves. I was disappointed by these modern-day Republicans, because certain features that look like slavery are beginning to emerge in gay custody disputes. Read more…