Weekly Roundup: Celebrate Mother's Day the Gay Dad Way
Sunday is Mother's Day! For some, this holiday is a great opportunity to connect with the women who helped makes us dads. For others, it's not so simple. Whether or not you celebrate this Hallmark holiday, we've got your back this week. We're talking all things Mothers Day, the gay dad way:
Birth Mother Baskets
This non-profit provides a creative way to honor birth moms on Mother's Day. Started by a woman who is herself a birth mom, Birth Mother Baskets sends a basket full of gifts and goodies to birth moms all across the country to provide a token of appreciation and support for their journey.
Mother's Day the Gay Dad Way
Check out our feature story this week! We spoke with three different gay dad families to find out how they planned to celebrate Mother's Day this year. It turns out that as the modern definition of family morphs, so do traditions associated with honoring it.
Gay Men to the Women Who Made Them Dads
Gay or straight, no man becomes a dad without the help of a woman. And this Mother's Day, gay dads are saying thanks to all of the women---the birth moms, surrogates, egg donors, grandmas, friends, and more---who helped us on our path to fatherhood. Check out this beautiful photo essay here.
Shari's Berries Has Got You Covered (in Chocolate) for Last Minute Gift Ideas
Lest we forget... we also have our own mother's to honor this Mother's Day, too! Forgot to get a gift? Shari's Berries to the rescue! The company is offering some sweet "last minute" sales on its website---33% off a dozen dipped strawberries.
Next Week's Guide: We're Talking Summer Travel Plans!
Headed to Family Week in P-town? Or trying a family-friendly cruise? We want to hear where you and your family will be spending the hot summer months: send all your hot spots, gay family-friendly places, and toddler approved favorites to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's hear where you're heading off to!
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Check-out these amazing stories for National Foster Care Month!
The Long Island Adoptive Families support group was created by parents going through the adoption process or who had already adopted. It was a great way to help members navigate the path of adoption whether it be private domestic, international agency, domestic agency or foster care. We spoke with Chemene, one of the founders, and found out how this group is supporting local gay men interested in becoming fathers.
Adam Lozon and Scott Dufour met online and have been together 11 years.They live in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with their son Paulo. The couple are both in banking and are engaged to be married. We caught up with the dads to see how fatherhood was treating them!
Guest post from Greg Hutch.
It's two weeks before school starts and I am sitting in my classroom updating the photos in the frames on my desk. These frames used to be filled with pictures of my dogs, of me playing my instrument (I am a music teacher), or of the various other things that I have enjoyed in my lifetime. Today, they are filled with loving pictures of my family, including my son and partner who I raise him with. Times sure have changed…thanks to our son, Clark.
Editor's Note: In this ongoing series, we're shining the spotlight on some of the gay dads behind Gays With Kids as their incredible passion and commitment plays an invaluable role in making Gays With Kids possible. Please contact Brian Rosenberg if you'd like to talk about getting involved, too.
Happy gay uncles day to all the wonderful "guncles" out there! Here at Gays With Kids we know how important your roles are within our families so we want to celebrate you today, and say a big thanks! Enjoy this collection of "guncle" photos and a few words of wisdom and contemplations from the uncles themselves.
Two years ago when Oliver arrived into our lives, my partner Rob and I were living in separate countries. We met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and had Oliver when Rob was working in Bangkok and I was in KL. Oliver arrived two weeks early when we received an unexpected message from our agent saying to go to the hospital – our surrogate had been checked into hospital.
The day began like any other. My alarm went off at 4.30am. I snoozed until 5am. I ate breakfast until 5.30am, at which point my son, Felix, woke naturally like clockwork. I fed him mashed bananas, cashew butter and chia seeds. I woke my dad up with a cup of tea and handed the baton over for him to look after Felix as I left for work on my bike at 6.30am. I worked through the day as normal. Then, at 6.49pm I received a call from the police.